Softball earns NFCA All-Academic team award, five student-athletes honored

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association recently announced its All-Academic Team and Scholar Athletes list; and Concordia University Wisconsin, along with five student-athletes, were honored for their work in the classroom during the 2010-11 academic year.

The award is given to any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2010-11 academic year. The award is the second component of the Association's academic award program. The 2010-11 list features 4,331 honorees, which was more than last year's total by over 30 student-athletes. The membership category with the most participating institutions this year was Division III with 168.

Head coach Steve Crook's program ended the 2010-11 academic year with a team grade point average of 3.260. Five Falcon softball student-athletes earned a 3.50 over higher gpa in the classroom:

Sophomore Breanne Geipel (Hartland, Wis.), sophomore Mariah Giesseman (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.), sophomore Jamie Schuh (Freedom, Wis.), sophomore Kelly Seibel (Fond du Lac, Wis.), sophomore Chelsie Strosina (Burlington, Wis.)

"I am very proud of our team for receiving such an honor," Crook said. "Being a student-athlete and playing softball is very difficult considering the amount of travel required with the sport. As a program we stress the importance of academics and we want everyone involved with our program to achieve success not only on the field, but also in the classroom."

For a complete listing of 2010-11 All-Academic Teams and All-America Scholar Athletes, click here.