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Achieving Academic, Athletic Excellence
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  02/22/2013

Courtesy: Donte Carty (Rider University)
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Bronc Success

On the Field and In the Classroom

The accomplishment of one's goals is one definition of success. The favorable outcome of something attempted is another.   Some say success is loving what you have to do.

Success can be defined a number of ways.

In the most recent MAAC Commissioner's Cup standings, Rider ranks second overall among the 10 teams and first among men's sports.

The Broncs have also been just as successful in the classroom.

In the fall of 2012 two different Soccer players earned Academic All-America honors, one from Capital One CoSIDA and one from the National Coaches Association.

14 of Rider's 20 varsity teams had at least 50 percent of their roster above a 3.0 last semester. A dozen of the teams had a higher GPA in the fall than they did last spring.

Both the men and women athletes compiled higher grade points averages than the non-student-athletes at Rider.

"Our student-athletes continue to achieve at a high level in the classroom, and they should be commended for performing so well academically this past semester," said Greg Busch, Rider Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Internal Operations.

70 percent of women athletes had a 3.0 or better grade point average. Eight of the 10 women's teams earned a 3.0 or better as a group, including the entire Cross Country team, while Volleyball, Soccer and Field Hockey had 75 percent of their rosters above 3.0.

Four men's teams earned a 3.0 or better grade point average in the fall, including the Baseball team, which possessed its highest team GPA in five years.  Swimming & Diving and Golf had their best semesters in three years and Tennis had over 75 percent of its roster above a 3.0. The Wrestlers had its second highest team GPA in five years.

"Rider University's student-athletes have performed very well in the classroom, maintaining an overall high level of academic achievement," said Kelly Bidle, Rider's NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative.  "The Fall 2012 semester performance of our student-athletes was yet another strong example of the Department of Athletics' commitment to student success, both in the classroom and on the playing field.  The overall excellent academic performance of these student-athletes is a direct result of the ongoing and consistent efforts from a number of key individuals, including Greg Busch, Sonya Hurt, Kendall Friedman, Jenny Scudder, and the staff of the University's Student Success Center.  These individuals are to be commended for their dedication and support of all student-athletes, from the academically at-risk student-athletes, to those students with 4.0 GPAs."

On the field, on the court, on the track, course or mat, in the pool or in the classroom, the Rider Broncs are succeeding.


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