Lower Columbia College earned the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) 2018-2019 President’s Cup honor for academic achievement.
The award is presented in two divisions. One for schools offering eight or more sports, the Frank Bosone division. The other, the Dick McClain division, for schools offering seven or fewer sports.
LCC claimed the McClain division and Mt. Hood Community College took the Bosone division.
Last year, the Red Devils finished second in the cup and third the year before.
“It’s always been our goal to be honored for our academic success and this just shows how hard our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and instructors work to insure that Red Devils can achieve in the classroom,” said LCC Athletic Director, Kirc Roland in the press release.
The Devils have also won the Athletic Director Cup for the third straight season. This achievement is award to the school earning the most points for region finishes, region championships, NWAC tournament finishes, and NWAC championships.
“An NWAC school has never won an Athletic Directors Cup and the Presidents Cup in the same year,” Roland said in the statement. “This goes to show that you don’t have to compromise academics when trying to compete in college athletics at the highest level.”
Student-athletes must finish 36 credits, 72 credits, complete a certificate or earn an Associate of Arts degree to earn points toward the President’s Cup. The amount of points awarded is determined by student’s GPA.
LCC had a cumulative 2.82 GPA for all six sports. Ten Red Devils athletes had GPA’s of 4.0.
Roland attributes this to having staff who support both athletics and education.
“The administration shows support by making sure the athletic department has a full-time academic advisor and study table monitor. The LCC Foundation has funded scholarships and support for the study table. The LCC Booster Club and other benefactors support scholarships,” Roland said.
The Red Devils offer men’s and women’s basketball, softball, baseball, women’s soccer, and volleyball, along with 15 different educational programs. The balance between being a student and being an athlete is heavily emphasized, according to Roland.
“Our coaches recruit talented young people who understand the importance of an education,” Roland said. And the student-athletes themselves have bought into our insistence that school comes first and from that championships can still be won.”
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