Five Pride Softball Players Recognized as NFCA Scholar Athletes
The success of the Greensboro College softball program is not limited to the field, as five players were recently recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as Scholar Athletes. Sarah Bell, Rebecca Pink, Brittany Evans, Kelsey Burkett and Holly Jones each nabbed the academic accolades while helping the team finish with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. To be eligible for the award, a player must have achieved a GPA of 3.50 or higher during the 2010-11 academic year.
Pink, a junior standout at third base, added the academic honors to her selection on the All-USA South Second Team. Pink is majoring in English and Spanish.
An All-USA South Third Team pick at second base, Sarah Bell graduated at the conclusion of the 2011 season. Bell received a degree in Athletic Training and is continuing her education in the Athletic Training Master's program at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she is assisting with women's basketball.
Senior first base and Mathematics major, Kelsey Burkett, also garnered recognition. Burkett has served as a team captain for The Pride for two years.
Despite being injured last season, senior Business Management and Economics major, Brittany Evans, excelled in the classroom. Evans was an All-USA South Honorable Mention selection at the utility position as a sophomore.
The final honoree was sophomore Holly Jones. A utility player on the softball team, Jones serves as a Resident Advisor and Pride leader at Greensboro College while majoring in Biology and Spanish.
"I am so proud of the team as a whole for their success in the classroom," said head coach Whitney Gelin. "We hope to add more players to this list in the future."
In total, over 4,000 student-athletes representing 710 different academic institutions were named 2011 NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes.