-The Southern Conference announced its Fall 2021 Academic All-SoCon teams Thursday afternoon. The Chattanooga Mocs perch atop the league was secured with 52 student-athletes honored from football, cross country, soccer and volleyball squads. That’s 12.2 percent of the 425 total honorees.
“It never gets old talking about the success of our programs in the classroom,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton said. “It’s great to see their hard work rewarded. We’re proud of the effort of our students along with those of our academic support and emphasis by our coaching staffs.”
The honored by sport:
Men’s Cross County (6): Jonathan Boyd, Eric Mitchell, Kaigen Mulkey, Eamonn O’Bryant, Ryan Phillips, Jasper Wilson
Women’s Cross Country (10): Faith Brown, Justine Glass, Lesley Green, Ashtyn Hagood, Makenzie Jones, Juliana McReynolds, Morgan Ouelette, Allie Potter, Brooke Rieves, Emma Rossum
Football (18): Tyron Arnett, Gabe Boring, Alec Boruff, Evan Brown, McClendon Curtis, Ailym Ford, Rashun Freeman, Kohl Henke, Jeremiah Katt, Jerrell Lawson, Reuben Lowery III, Andrew Manning, Cody Olszewski, Aaron Sears, CaMiron Smith, Christian Snyder, Cole Strange & Reid Williams
Soccer (11): AK Anderson, Madddie Burman, Avery Catlett, Adryan Darnell, Shelby Hash, Grace Klippenstein, Kendra Mueller, Julia Perrusquia, Maggie Shaw, Samantha Shaw, Mackenzie Smith
Volleyball (7): Sophia Bossung, Coniah Davis, Gylian Finch, Paige Gallentine, Makenzie Jordan, Kate Neill, Maia Rackel
The 425 total selections surpass the fall record of 356 set in 2018, while the 37 perfect GPAs smash the fall record of 21 set in 2013 and matched in 2019.
The record 4.0's were led by...you guessed it, 11 from the Scenic City's school. They are Tyron Arnett, Christian Snyder, Jonathan Boyd, Eric Mitchell, Eamonn O’Bryant, Kate Neill, Maia Rackel, Juliana McReynolds, Morgan Ouelette, Emma Rossum & Grace Klippenstein.
The athletics program’s overall GPA for the fall was 3.19 is the fifth-highest on record. Impressively, that top 5 has accumulated over the last five terms. The fall sports balanced school and competition well. Fifty football players made the Athletics Director’s Honor (3.0+) with 38 earning Dean’s List (3.2+).
Women’s cross country/track set a program record with 23 on both. The men’s cross country squad placed eight on the AD list with seven claiming Dean’s List. The soccer ladies saw 22 make the AD Honor Roll with 21 on the Dean’s List, while volleyball, along with their beach sisters, placed 23 and 21, respectively. The complete story is linked above.
To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average at the conclusion of the fall semester and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams’ competitions during the recently concluded campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least three semesters at their institutions, making true freshmen and first-year transfers ineligible for inclusion.