350 Bentley student-athletes named to Commissioner’s Honor Roll
By Lacey Nemergut
On February 5 the Northeast-10 Conference announced the Fall 2012 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, featuring no less than 350 Bentley University student-athletes. The organization explicitly recognized the university as the highest contributor to the semester’s honor roll roster, featuring a solid 69 percent of the school’s student athletes.
To be named to the honor roll, students must receive above a 3.0 for the semester. For this year’s roll, 138 student-athletes earned a 4.0, two from Bentley, and 45 percent scored above a 3.5, 136 from Bentley.
“[From] my perspective, when I saw this, I was completely overwhelmed. To see that number and that high of a percentage of our student athletes…with that kind of academic success, to me, [is] just spectacular,” said Bentley University Athletic Director Robert DeFelice.
The next ranked school in terms of numbers, was Assumption College, contributing 235 students. Bentley exceeded this contribution by over 100 students.
“I cannot speak about other institutions. I know that our athletes are committed to excelling both in the classroom and in their respective athletic venues,” said Cindy Scott, Bentley University’s Assistant Athletics Director and Academic Advisor to Athletes. “Our athletes know the value of a Bentley degree and work very hard to achieve success in the classroom. They come here to get an education that will open doors for them when they graduate.”
Bentley University, currently ranked No. 4 in Regional University North by US News, currently has 508 student-athletes.
“The academic reputation of Bentley University is the biggest recruiting tool for all our coaches,” said Scott. “It does not matter how great their coaching success might be, the greatest selling point for all our coaches is the institution itself.”
“I’ve been here for 31 years and used to be the Academic Advisor to Athletes, along with my volleyball coaching position,” said Sandra Hoffman, Bentley University Assistant Athletic Director. “As Bentley has become way more selective and its curriculum has become much more demanding, our recruiting has really become a challenge to find the right student athletes who can manage the rigors of their academic and athletic requirements.”
This past fall 2012 semester is a continuation of a similar record owned by the University in the spring semester of 2012 as well. Bentley had earned a spot for 351 students, exceeding Stonehill College by over 100 students.
“We will certainly maintain our academic success because academic success will always be the greatest priority for the athletic department,” said Scott. “Our coaches are committed to recruiting student athletes that can excel both academically and athletically.”
“When you put together our success athletically and you look at our academic success, it’s quite a statement,” said DeFelice. “It’s quite a tribute to our coaches and students who understand what the mission of the University is.”
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