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UWF Places 10 on GSC Fall All-Academic Teams

Six Soccer, Two Cross Country, and Two Volleyball Student-Athletes Selected

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of West Florida placed 10 student-athletes on the Gulf South Conference Fall All-Academic Teams, it was announced by the conference office on Friday.  Three players each from the UWF men’s and women’s soccer teams were selected, as well as two from the volleyball team and one each from the men’s and women’s cross country teams.

The Argonauts also had 41 student-athletes named to the Fall Academic Honor Roll, the most for any non-football school in the conference.

From the women’s soccer team, seniors Marcela Franco (3.49, Business Finance), Courtney Jones (3.91, Athletic Training), and Kaley Morris (3.51, Pre-Med) were the UWF representatives on the GSC All-Academic Team.  Jones, also selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team this season, is a three-time GSC All-Academic Team selection, while Franco and Morris each earned their second All-Academic nod.  Franco and Morris were also named to the All-GSC first team, while Jones earned a second team selection.

On the men’s side, the sophomore trio of Frank Cope (3.33, Pre-Pharmacy), Marquel Waldron (3.45), and Paul Willoughby (3.64, Pre-Med) were selected from UWF, all of which were first time selections.  Willoughby was also an All-GSC second team selection.

Junior Jamie Nichols (3.47, Marketing) and sophomore Maddie Staub (3.56, Exercise Science) were the UWF representatives on the volleyball GSC All-Academic Team.  Staub was an All-GSC second team player this season.

Sophomore Eddie Pagan (3.49, Physical Therapy) from the men’s team and sophomore Bailee Hedstrom (3.61, Nursing) from the women’s team represented UWF cross country.  Both Pagan and Hedstrom earned All-GSC first team nods this season.

UWF tallied 41 GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll selections, third most in the conference and first among non-football playing schools.  This total included five from men’s cross country, seven from women’s cross country, seven from men’s soccer, 14 from women’s soccer, and eight from volleyball.  Qualification for this particular honor is automatic based on GPA and nomination (there is no vote).

Academic All-GSC Teams are selected by the GSC Sports Information Directors (SIDs) and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) in a joint vote. Nominees must have an overall grade point average of 3.20 or better on a 4.00 scale for their entire academic career and may not be freshmen or first-semester or quarter transfers. The student-athlete must be a significant contributor to the squad. Other factors include leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities. SIDs and FARs are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes. The number of student-athletes selected in each sport is determined by the number of positions normally involved in the playing of that sport. Ties are not broken.

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2009 Fall GSC All-Academic Team

Eddie Pagan, SO, 3.49, Physical Therapy

Bailee Hedstrom, SO, 3.61, Nursing

Frank Cope, SO, 3.33, Pre-Pharmacy, Midfielder
Marquel Waldron, SO, 3.45, Accounting, Defender
Paul Willoughby, SO, 3.64, Pre-Med, Midfielder

Marcela Franco, SR, 3.49, Business Finance, Midfielder
Courtney Jones, SR, 3.91, Athletic Training, Goalkeeper
Kaley Morris, SR, 3.51, Pre-Med, Defender

Jamie Nichols, JR, 3.47, Marketing, Outside Hitter
Maddie Staub, SO, 3.56, Exercise Science, Libero/Defensive Specialist

2009 GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll

Tyler Bowman, SO, 3.50, Computer Engineering
Tim Keebler, FR, 3.00, Athletic Training
P.J. Orgass, SO, 3.20, Athletic Training
Eddie Pagan, SO, 3.49, Physical Therapy
Dominique Sykes, FR, 3.18, Pre-Pharmacy

Kelbe Beck, SO, 3.04, Athletic Training
Vanessa Ffrench, SO, 3.27, Exercise Science
Bailee Hedstrom, SO, 3.61, Nursing
Celenne Morfin, FR, 3.29, Undecided
Stacy Paton, SO, 3.91, Criminal Justice
Sabrina Seignemartin, FR, 3.39, Graphic Design
Megan Steinocher, FR, 3.84, Biology

Andres Bustamante, FR, 3.48, Business
Frank Cope, SO, 3.33, Pre-Pharmacy
Bruno Ferreira, FR, 3.75, Athletic Training
Clifford Johnson, JR, 3.24, Computer Science
Trey Kramer, FR, 3.85, Environmental Studies
Marquel Waldron, SO, 3.45, Accounting
Paul Willoughby, SO, 3.64, Pre-Med

Lauren Byrd, JR, 3.44, Athletic Training
Tori Fish, SO, 3.01, Film Broadcasting
Marcela Franco, SR, 3.49, Business Finance
Courtney Jones, SR, 3.91, Athletic Training
Courtney Kolloff, SO, 3.05, Criminal Justice
Jessica Majewski, FR, 3.60, Athletic Training
Monica Malavassi, FR, 3.75, Elementary Education
Kaley Morris, SR, 3.51, Pre-Med
Taylor Murphy, SR, 3.75, Social Work/Criminal Justice
Naila Owens, SR, 3.23, Psychology
Stephanie Sandidge, FR, 3.33, Psychology
Reagan Sherwin, SO, 3.13, Education
Jordan Stone, SO, 3.27, Elementary Education
Amanda Solis, FR, 3.50, Accounting

Valissia Brathwaite, SR, 3.46, Physical Education
KaLee Duggan, SO, 3.46, Exercise Science
Kara Gonzalez, JR, 3.05, Exercise Science
Jamie Nichols, JR, 3.47, Marketing
Mailande Parker, FR, 4.00, Biology
Amanda Spaay, FR, 3.26, Undecided
Maddie Staub, SO, 3.56, Exercise Science
Chelsea Wilhoite, JR, 3.12, Hospitality

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