by SUU ATHLETICS STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION
It was announced by the National Association of Gymnastics Coaches (NAGC) that the Southern Utah University gymnastics program earned the top GPA in NCAA gymnastics this past academic year, and all 18 gymnasts on last year’s roster have been named Scholastic All-Americans.
The Thunderbirds finished with a 3.8867 Team GPA, with 100 percent of the team earning the title of Scholastic All-American. They were the only gymnastics program in the country to have their entire team represented on the list and edged out Boise State for the top spot, as SUU’s Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference counterpart came in second.
“The overall strength of your program has to start with the idea that these kids are students. I feel like we have always had a very high set of standards academically and we have always recruited outstanding students,” head coach Scotty Bauman said. “When you look at the overall person that you are recruiting, not just the gymnast, you take the level of excellence that they have for themselves outside of the gym and you factor that in too. This award speaks volumes for our athletes’ level of commitment inside and outside of the gym.”
The Flippin’ Birds had two gymnasts hold 4.0’s for the entire year, and had nine total over the 3.9 mark. This is the 13th time that Southern Utah has been crowned the Academic National Champion.
The Southern Utah University football program will open Fall Camp on August 1, with their first game of the season set for September 2 against Oregon as Demario Warren will embark on his second season as head coach of the Thunderbirds.
SUU’s first practice will begin at 9:20 a.m. on Aug. 1, with all practices scheduled to start at that same time.
The Thunderbirds were selected by coaches and media in and around the Big Sky Conference to finish seventh this season, but will be on a mission to prove them wrong and climb back into conference championship contention.
Two Thunderbirds, linebacker Mike Needham and defensive tackle Robert Torgerson, were selected to the Preseason All-Conference team and are expected to have big seasons for the Thunderbirds.
SUU will host their first home game of the season on September 16 when they will take on Northern Iowa.
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