KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 1,658 teams that have earned the distinction for Scholar-Teams for the 2016-17 academic year. Bethel College had the great distinction of having 11 different athletic teams meet the requirements to be NAIA All-Scholar.

Leading Bethel overall was the Men's Golf team (coached by Gregg Dick), who put together a cumulative GPA among all team members of 3.60. Closely behind was Women's Tennis (led by Richard Southern), with a 3.51 cumulative team GPA.

These 11 teams are almost double from last year, when only six were given this recognition by the NAIA.

The complete list of teams from Bethel are as follows:

TeamGPA
Men's Golf3.60
Women's Tennis3.51
Women's Soccer3.39
Women's Cross Country3.37
Men's Tennis3.35
Men's Cross Country3.27
Women's Outdoor T&F3.26
Women's Indoor T&F3.26
Softball3.18
Volleyball3.17
Women's Basketball3.10
 

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.

For more information on NAIA awards, including the Scholar-Team honor, click here.

2016-17 NAIA Scholar Teams (PDFs)
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