Mesa wins Brechler Awards in four sports
Four Colorado Mesa University athletic teams posted the highest grade point average in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-sponsored sports for the 2013-14 school year, winning Brechler Awards in each sport.
Colorado Mesa’s men’s basketball team, coached by Andy Shantz, led the RMAC with a 3.34 GPA. The women’s basketball team, coached by Taylor Wagner, had a 3.70 GPA. The women’s soccer team, coached by Jason Clare, had a 3.52 GPA. The volleyball team, coached by Dave Fleming, had a 3.49 GPA.
The women’s basketball team GPA of 3.70 was the best of any of the 22 teams of the RMAC-sponsored sports.
The award is named after the first RMAC commissioner, Paul W. Brechler (1976-1990), who was the first RMAC Hall of Fame inductee with his wife, Wanda. Brechler is also the former athletic director at the University of Iowa and the commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference.
Grades were used from the 2013-14 academic year.
All student-athletes who were on the institution’s NCAA eligibility list were included in the team GPA. The total quality points for each semester was divided by the total number of credits for each semester to determine the team GPA.
Colorado School of Mines had five Brechler winners — football (2.97), men’s golf (3.53), men’s indoor track and field (3.27), men’s outdoor track and field (3.27) and men’s swimming and diving (3.26).
Regis tied Colorado Mesa with four winners. The Rangers had the highest GPA in baseball (3.37), men’s cross-country (3.35), women’s golf (3.64) and men’s soccer (3.39).
Plaques for each team will be presented at the 2014 RMAC Hall of Fame and Awards banquet on July 11 at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel.
Colorado Mesa freshman golfer Colin Prater has been selected the recipient of the Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award presented by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation in NCAA Division II Men’s Golf, Colorado Mesa announced.
Prater was the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships, where he finished tied for 45th. He finished his freshman season with a 72.24 stroke average and finished in first or tied for first in three tournaments.
Prater was joined on the All-Freshman Team by Mario Beltran of Barry, Esteban Castro of West Florida, St. Leo’s Ryan Gendron and Western New Mexico’s Harry Wetton.