WINTHROP, Mass. – While the 2019-20 playing season didn't end as anyone had hoped, Johnson & Wales University student-athletes showed their resiliency in the classroom. Led by 111 student-athletes on the GNAC Academic All-Conference team as announced by league commissioner Joe Walsh, the Wildcats had their best year academically.
As a department, Johnson & Wales finished the year with a 3.24 cumulative grade point average, the highest in school history. Seventeen teams posted a 3.0 GPA or better, 242 student-athletes made the Dean's List (3.40 GPA and higher) and 105 recorded a perfect 4.0.
In order to be eligible for the league's academic all-conference squad, a student must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA and have reached second-year academic status.
It's the fourth time in the last five years that Johnson & Wales has had over 100 honorees and topped last year's number of 110. JWU ranked third in the league behind Lasell University (115) and Saint Joseph's College of Maine (117).
Topping the JWU teams was the baseball squad with 17 honorees, which ranked third amongst any team from any league school. The Regis women's soccer team and SJC men's soccer program had 19 students recognized. On the JWU women's side, the five-time GNAC champion women's volleyball program had 13 student-athletes on the list.
The JWU softball team posted a department-best 3.80 GPA for the year, followed closely by women's volleyball at a 3.75. The men's ice hockey program topped the male sports with a 3.43 GPA.