PHILADELPHIA - Temple University President Richard M. Englert
along with other University administrators and Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft
took time out to honor Temple field hockey's academic achievements late last week. The team recently earned an NFHCA National Team Academic Award and was additionally recognized for having the fifth-highest GPA among Division I programs.
President Englert, Executive Vice President and Provost Joanne Epps, Vice Provost Jodi Levine Laufgraben, Kraft and academic advisor Tara Evans
were all present on Friday, March 24 as the team was honored at a luncheon in the Liacouras Center's Fox-Gittis Room.
"Seeing the active involvement of our athletic administration and Athletic Director Dr. Kraft with our program is incredibly special for our group," said Temple head coach Marybeth Freeman
. "Having special guests present like President Englert, Provost Epps and Vice Provost Laufgraben to recognize our team for having the fifth-highest GPA in the country shows the genuine interest and commitment the university has to academic achievement.
"The full credit goes to these women who work tirelessly to ensure they represent themselves, team and university at the highest level academically. The staff couldn't be more proud of our tremendous student- athletes."
The Owls had a cumulative GPA of 3.56 at the conclusion of the fall semester to tie for fifth among all NCAA Division I field hockey teams. With 16 field hockey student-athletes named to the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad as well, the Owls tied for the most honors among all schools in the BIG EAST Conference.