Inside Bulldog Athletics
Bulldogs in the Classroom
As much as the University of Minnesota Duluth has accomplished on the field of play since the inception of intercollegiate athletics some eight-plus decades ago, it has also maintained an equally strong and proud tradition of academically preparing its student-athletes.
Case in point: Over the past quarter century, nearly 94 percent of those student-athletes who participated in a varsity sport for at least four years have graduated.
In 2011-12, 89 different UMD student-athletes -- up 12 from the previous year -- secured Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic honors and 16 Bulldogs (seven men and nine women) were named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team. Of that group, six (three men and a school-record six women) earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete status for maintaining a 3.50 grade point average or above.
UMD’s 401 student-athletes, which includes redshirted freshmen, posted an collective grade point average of 2.995 in 2011-12 and 82 of those achieved GPAs of 3.50 or above while 13 turned in perfect 4.00 GPAs.
During the Fall Semester, the women’s basketball Bulldogs produced the best GPA of all UMD teams with a 3.51 mark and women’s soccer took top honors in the spring, checking in with a 3.44 figure. On the year, women’s basketball registered a department-best 3.45 GPA while women’s soccer (3.41) and volleyball (3.35) were the next.
On the individual front, two Bulldogs -- football placekicker David Nadeau (second team) and volleyball defensive specialist Allison Fanta (second team) -- received 2011-12 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American recognition. That duo, along with junior winger Audrey Cournoyer (first team), and junior soccer defender Kristi Merhman (first team) attained Capital One Academic All-District V acclaim this past season as well.
Fanta was also among six UMD seniors who were bestowed with a NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic With Distinction Award, Eric Cyr (Cross Country/Track and Field), Megan Stroh (Cross Country/Track and Field), Abby Thomas (Cross Country/Track and Field), Emma Van Winkle (Basketball) and Matt Venaas (Cross Country/Track and Field). Nadeau, meanwhile, was selected to the National Football Foundation’s National Honor Society in recognition of their exemplary academic achievements.
University of Minnesota Duluth
CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
|Becky Anderson||Soccer||2010-11 (First Team)|
|Nate Beerling||Cross Country/Track||2004-05 (First Team);
2003-04 (Second Team)
|Lindsey Dietz||Women's Basketball||
2005-06 (First Team)*
||Volleyball||2011-12 (Second Team)
|Heather Hamilton||Cross Country/Track||2004-05 (First Team)
2003-04 (First Team)
2002-03 (Third Team)
|Bridget Hines||Cross Country/Track||2010-11 (Third Team)|
|1999-2000 (Third Team)
1999-2000 (Second Team)
|Maria Leider||Soccer||2010-11 (Third Team)|
||Football||2009-10 (First Team)|
|David Nadeau||Football||2011-12 (Second Team)|
|Isaac Odim||Football||2010-11 (First Team)*
2009-10 (First Team)
|Caroline Oullette||Ice Hockey/At-Large||2004-05 (Third Team)|
|Riitta Schaublin||Ice Hockey/At-Large||2006-07 (Third Team)
2005-06 (Second Team)
|Kyle Schmidt||Ice Hockey/At-Large||2010-11 (Third Team)|
|Jeff Scissons||Ice Hockey/At-Large||1999-2000 (First Team)|
|Dan Shroyer||Track/At-Large||1999-2000 (Third Team)|
|Brandon Wood||Football||2009-10 (Second Team)|
*Academic All-American of the Year