Dec. 14, 2012
HOUSTON - Eleven University of Houston softball student-athletes were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar Athletes for the 2011-12 season, the organization announced.
Holly Anderson, Amanda Crabtree, Kendra Cullum, Jaime Edwards, Reina Gaber, Melissa Gregson, Ashleigh Jones, Jennifer Klinkert, Kelly Lindley, Haley Outon and Bailey Watts represented Houston as 11 honorees in a single season is the most in the program's 12 years of existence.
The NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete award is bestowed upon any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2011-12 academic year. The honor marks the second component of the Association's academic award program. Back in late October the squads with the highest GPAs in each membership category were recognized as 2012 NFCA Top Ten All-Academic Teams.
Houston was one of 140 Division I schools honored by the NFCA and totaled the most selections among Conference USA schools.
The Cougars narrowly missed recognition as an NFCA All-Academic Team as they achieved the 11th highest team GPA in the NCAA as only the top ten are selected.
After achieving the highest team GPA in program history during the spring semester (3.54), the softball program earned the C-USA Sport Academic Award that is given to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest GPA for the 2011-12 academic year.
For a complete listing of 2011-12 NFCA Division I All-America Scholar Athletes, please click here.