ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico captured 57 Academic All-Mountain West student-athlete honors for the fall sports season in 2013, the Mountain West announced Thursday.
The 57 award winners represent UNM’s second highest total since 2002 and the second most in the conference, behind Utah State’s 60. The Lobos had 60 student-athletes earn academic all-conference honors in 2010.
To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and are a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.
"Our student-athletes continue to shine a favorable light on the University of New Mexico, not only with their success athletically but also with their contributions in the classroom and in the community,” Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs said.
“Our student-athletes are to be commended and admired for their time-management skills that allow them to achieve the considerable success that they do, both in the classroom and in their athletic endeavors. Our coaches deserve credit for continuing to stress academics, and our Office of Student Athletic Success and faculty and staff on campus also deserve recognition for their tremendous support."
For the fourth consecutive year, the Lobos had the most Academic All-M student-athletes of any women’s soccer team in the conference with 17, matching last season’s school-record total under coach Kit Vela.
The football team continues its ascension with academic all-conference honorees with 16. That’s the second highest mark by the program since 2002 and nine more than the team had the year before second-year coach Bob Davie arrived.
Coach Jeff Nelson’s volleyball team had nine Academic All-MW student athletes, tying for second most in the conference and tying for the school’s second best mark since ’02.
The cross-country teams under coach Joe Franklin combined for 15 all-conference honorees (seven on the men’s team, eight on the women’s), marking the fifth time in the last six years that the teams have produced at least 15 Academic All-MW honors.
Collectively, a league-record 534 students were named to the fall 2013 Academic All-Mountain West team. Fall sports include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The mark surpasses the previous MW record of 409 fall semester honorees, set last season.