FUS wins AMCC Peak Performer award

STEUBENVILLE – The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate has announced that Franciscan University of Steubenville is the winner of the Institutional Peak Performer award for the 2012-13 athletic year. The award comes days after the conference announced that the university’s men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams were named the Peak Performers for their respective sports.

The Institutional Peak Performance Award is given annually to the AMCC institution with the highest percentage of student-athletes on the Academic All-Conference Team. This year, 116 of FUS’s 179 student-athletes competing in AMCC competition were named to the Academic All-Conference Team.

“I find this statistic to be mesmerizing,” Franciscan Director of Athletics Chris Ledyard said. “I think we all know that the Division III athlete comes to school with the same motivation and direction and focus on educational prowess that most students go to school for, but I did not expect this high of a ratio back.”

The criteria for a student-athlete to be named to the Academic All-Conference Team is a 3.2 grade-point average or better. An impressive 64.8 percent of Franciscan’s AMCC student-athletes reached that mark.

There were also 77 of those 116 student-athletes who had a GPA of 3.5 or better, qualifying them for the Individual Peak Performer Award; 43 percent of Franciscan’s AMCC student-athletes.

“To have 77 of those 116 athletes to be above 3.5 is a tremendous ratio,” Ledyard said. “Its absolutely outstanding.”

Ledyard expressed how proud he is of the student-athletes for their hard work both in the classroom and in their respective sports. He said FUS student-athletes are uniquely representative of the rest of their school’s population.

“The GPA of our student-athlete is very similar to that of our non-athlete at Franciscan,” Ledyard said. “Their position in the faith is very similar, they blend in with the rest of the school’s culture. There is virtually no separation.”

The average GPA of Franciscan’s student-athletes for the fall sports season, which is comprised of men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross-country, and women’s tennis, was 3.33.

The specific team numbers, and team Peak Performer Awards for the winter and spring seasons have not yet been released by the AMCC.