Note: Corrects Division II and Division III honor rolls to reflect that Maryville University, St. Louis, is No. 9 in Division II rather than No. 4 in Division III. Adjusts Division II honor roll to reflect that teams previously ranked No. 9 through No. 25 are now No. 10 through No. 26. Adjusts Division III honor roll to reflect team teams previously ranked No. 5 through No. 25 are now No. 4 through No. 24, and adds Wesleyan University as No. 25.

ATLANTA (July 12, 2011) – South Dakota State University, Fort Lewis College, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Great Falls and Seward County Community College are the top honorees in their respective divisions in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2010-11 season, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and junior college/community college teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.  The 2010-11 season is the 16th in which the WBCA has presented the standings.

Here are the top honorees by division, their head coaches and combined GPAs:

  Division Institution 2010-11 Head Coach Team GPA
  NCAA Division I South Dakota State Aaron Johnson 3.666
  NCAA Division II Fort Lewis Mark Kellogg 3.715
  NCAA Division III Case Western Reserve Jennifer Reimer 3.609
  NAIA Great Falls Bill Himmelberg 3.652
  Junior/Community College Seward County Toby Wynn 3.527

South Dakota State and Seward County sit atop the NCAA Division I and junior college/community college standings respectively for the fourth time.  It is South Dakota State’s seventh-straight appearance in the Division I standings and, counting two appearances in the Division II standings, the Jackrabbits’ ninth Academic Top 25 appearance overall.  Seward County is making its fifth-straight and seventh-overall appearance in the junior/community college standings.  For Fort Lewis, Case Western Reserve and Great Falls, this marks their first No. 1 finish in their respective divisions, and further for Great Falls, its first-ever Academic Top 25 appearance.

"With the increased importance and scrutiny of the APR (academic progress rate) in the landcape of intercollegiate athletics, these remarkable teams are setting the bar for academic excellence," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "Congratulations to all these STUDENT-athletes and their coaches."

A team’s GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of hours attempted by all team members in the academic terms (semesters or quarters) that the season spans. Weighted grades are converted to a 4.0 scale. The GPAs are rounded to the nearest thousandth of a point.  Teams are nominated for the honor by a WBCA-member head coach.  A team must have a 3.000 or better GPA to be nominated.

NCAA Division I

South Dakota State sits atop the NCAA Division I Academic Top 25 with a 3.666 team GPA.  It is the fourth time the Jackrabbits, coached by Aaron Johnston, have placed first in the Division I standings and their seventh consecutive appearance on the Division I honor roll.  South Dakota State finished the season with a 19-14 record and won its third-straight Summit League tournament championship.  The Jackrabbits lost to Xavier in the first round of the NCAA tournament’s Spokane Regional.

Seven of the top 25 teams qualified for the NCAA tournament with No. 3 DePaul University and No. 19 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay reaching the NCAA Sweet Sixteen®.

Here is the complete 2011 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division I:

  Rank Institution 2010-11 Head Coach Team GPA
  1 South Dakota State University Aaron Johnston 3.666
  2 Bucknell University Kathy Fedorjaka 3.632
  3 DePaul University Douglas Bruno 3.582
  4 Creighton University Jim Flanery 3.527
  5 Utah Valley University Cathy Nixon 3.524
  6 Indiana State University Teri Moren 3.518
  7 University of Hartford Jennifer Rizzoti 3.456
  8 University of New Mexico Don Flanagan
  9 University of Dayton James Jabir 3.445
  10 Canisius College Terrence Zeh 3.441
  11 Bowling Green State University Curt Miller 3.433
  12 Montana State University-Bozeman Tricia Binford 3.419
  13 University of Montana Robin Selvig 3.411
  14 University of Akron Jodi Kest 3.405
  15 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Sandy Botham 3.402
  16 Oakland University Beckie Francis 3.399
  17 Youngstown State University Robert Boldon 3.395
  18 University of South Dakota Ryun Williams 3.390
  19 University of Wisconsin, Green Bay Matthew Bollant 3.378
  20 University of Maryland, Baltimore County Phil Stern 3.374
  21 Lipscomb University Frank Bennett 3.373
  T22 University of North Dakota Gene Roebuck 3.358
  T22 University of Northern Colorado Jaime White 3.358
  24 University of Evansville Oties Epps 3.340
  25 University of Denver Erik Johnson 3.335

NCAA Division II

Fort Lewis, coached by Mark Kellogg, concludes an already outstanding 2010-11 season by not only finishing atop the Division II Academic Top 25 standings, but also by earning the highest team GPA (3.715) in all five divisions.  The Skyhawks finished the season with a 28-2 record and won their first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament championship.  They suffered an overtime loss to Adams State College in the NCAA Division II Central Regional.

Seven of the top 26 teams earned postseason berths in the NCAA Division II tournament, with No. 20 Michigan Technical University advancing to the national championship game.

Here is the complete 2011 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division II (**-No. 9 Maryville University, St. Louis, was incorrectly listed on Division III honor roll on original July 11 release; teams originally ranked No. 9 through No. 25 have been re-ranked No. 10 through No. 26):

  Rank Institution 2010-11 Head Coach Team GPA
  1 Fort Lewis College Mark Kellogg 3.715
  2 Chadron State College Tim Connealy 3.644
  3 Drury University Steve Harold 3.59
  4 Winona State University Scott Ballard 3.578
  5 Holy Family University Mark Miller 3.577
  6 Truman State University Michael Smith 3.571
  7 Minnesota State University, Mankato Pam Gohl 3.568
  8 Montana State University, Billings Kevin Woodin 3.553
Maryville University, St. Louis**
Chris Ellis
  10 Seton Hill University Ferne Labati 3.534
  11 Franklin Pierce University Stephen Hancock 3.524
  12 Fort Hays State University Tony Hobson 3.523
  13 Ohio Dominican University Nathan Bellman 3.521
  14 Rockhurst University Larry Park 3.513
  15 University of Southern Indiana Rick Stein 3.511
  16 University of Minnesota, Duluth Annette Wiles 3.484
  T17 Ashland University Sue Ramsey 3.472
  T17 Urbana University Rob Phillips 3.472
  19 University of The Incarnate Word Angela Lawson 3.461
Michigan Technological University Kimberly Cameron 3.459
  21 Lake Erie College Robert Booher 3.456
  22 Wayne State College Chris Kielsmeier 3.452
  23 Regis University Linda Raunig 3.451
  24 Southwest Minnesota State University Allison Kruger 3.427
  25 Ferris State University Tracey Dorow 3.417
  26 University of Nebraska, Omaha Chance Lindley 3.405

NCAA Division III

Case Western Reserve, with a division-best 3.609 GPA, is making its second appearance in the NCAA Division III Academic Top 25.  Coached by Jennifer Reimer, the Spartans finished the season with a 13-12 record.

Seven of the top 25 teams qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament, with No. 14 Thomas More College, No. 17 Coe College and No. 18 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point advancing to the regional round.

Here is the complete 2011 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NCAA Division III (**-No. 4 Maryville University, St. Louis, was incorrectly listed on Division III honor roll on original July 11 release and has been moved to No. 9 on Division II honor roll; teams originally ranked No. 5 through No. 25 have been re-ranked No. 4 through No. 24, and Wesleyan University has been added at No. 25):

  Rank Institution 2010-11 Head Coach Team GPA
  1 Case Western Reserve University Jennifer Reimer 3.609
  2 Centenary College Lorie Khalil 3.561
  3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sonia Raman 3.560
Carthage College Tim Bernero 3.545
Messiah College Michael Miller 3.538
University of Wisconsin, Superior Donald Mulhern 3.537
Gustavus Adolphus College Mickey Haller 3.534
Northland College Bill Wilson 3.531
  T9 Simpson College Brian Niemuth 3.519
  T9 University of St Thomas Ruth Sinn 3.519
  11 Immaculata University Patricia Canterino 3.508
  12 Elizabethtown College Yvonne Kauffman 3.507
  13 King's College Brian Donoghue 3.497
  14 Thomas More College Jeff Hans 3.484
  15 Emerson College Bill Gould 3.476
  16 Ohio Northern University Michele Durand 3.475
  17 Coe College Randi Peterson 3.464
  18 University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point Shirley Egner 3.459
Yeshiva University Karen Green 3.457
  20 Central College Jerry Nikkel
  21 Vassar College Candice Brown 3.450
  22 Catholic University of America Matthew Donohue 3.447
  23 Saint Vincents College James Petruska 3.433
  24 William Smith College Lindsay Drury 3.432
  25 Wesleyan University
Kate Mullen


Great Falls debuts atop the NAIA Academic Top 25 with a 3.652 team GPA.  The Argos, under the direction of first-year head coach Bill Himmelberg, finished the season with a 10-20 record.

Eleven of the top 25 teams – five in NAIA Division I and six in NAIA Division II -- qualified for the NAIA national tournaments in their respective divisions.  No. 7 Northwestern College defeated No. 3 Davenport University in the NAIA Division II national championship game.

Here is the complete 2011 WBCA Academic Top 25 for NAIA:

  Rank Institution 2010-11 Head Coach Team GPA
  1 University of Great Falls Bill Himmelberg 3.652
  2 Grand View University Garey Smith 3.609
  3 Davenport University Mark Youngs 3.603
  4 Shorter University Vic Mitchell 3.584
  5 Saint Ambrose University Krista Van Hauen 3.518
  6 Georgetown College Susan Johnson 3.480
  7 Northwestern College Earl Woudstra 3.455
  8 Mid America Nazarene University John Lewis 3.453
  9 Indiana University-South Bend Steve Bruce 3.429
  T10 College Of The Ozarks George Wilson 3.416
  T10 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Steve Gregory 3.416
  12 South Dakota Tech Barbara Felderman 3.405
  13 Blue Mountain College Lavon Driskell 3.397
  T14 Central Methodist University Andi Brooks 3.392
  T14 Corban College Terry Williams 3.392
  16 Lindenwood University James Francis 3.388
  17 William Woods University Dan Chapla 3.384
  18 Houghton College Harold Lord 3.380
  19 Midland Lutheran College Joanne Bracker 3.341
  20 Saint Xavier University Robert Hallberg 3.333
  21 Campbellsville University Ginger Colvin 3.330
  22 Lewis-Clark State College Brian Orr 3.327
  23 University Of Rio Grande David Smalley 3.316
  24 Cornerstone University Carla Fles 3.315
  25 Montreat College Craig Jackson 3.312

Junior/Community College

Junior/community college leader Seward County, located in Liberal, Kan., is making its seventh appearance (fifth straight) in the honor roll, which features only 12 teams due to the limited number of eligible nominations received.  The Saints, coached by Toby Wynn, ended the season with a 21-11 record after losing in the NJCAA Region VI quarterfinals.

No. 9 Lincoln College, located in Lincoln, Ill., made the junior/community college honor roll for the 13th straight season – the most appearances of any team in any division in this year’s honor rolls.

Here is the 2011 WBCA Academic Top 12 for junior/community colleges (only 12 teams are ranked due to the limited number of eligible nominations received):

  Rank Institution 2010-11 Head Coach Team GPA
  1 Seward County Community College Toby Wynn 3.527
  2 Miles Community College Lindsay Woolley 3.432
  3 Hill College Aaron Kallhoff 3.326
  4 Sheridan College Frank McCarthy 3.319
  5 Ellsworth Community College Ed Geitz 3.173
  6 Minnesota West Community & Technical College Michael Fury 3.169
  7 Northwest College Janis Beal 3.123
  8 Columbia Basin Community College Cheryl Holden 3.120
  9 Lincoln College Carol Wilson 3.119
  10 Lon Morris College Brenita Williams 3.089
  11 Jefferson College Tonika Bruce 3.048
  12 Ventura College Ned Mircetic 3.037


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