Weber State Captures Fourth Big Sky Conference Sterling Savings Bank President's Cup
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Release: Sunday 07/14/2009
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OGDEN, Utah -- The Big Sky Conference Sterling Savings Bank Presidents' Cup is staying put.

Weber State University has captured the prestigious award for the second straight year, and the fourth time in the seven-year history of the honor.

"Winning the Presidents' Cup four out of the past seven years is a great accomplishment,'' said Dr. Norm Tarbox, Weber State Vice President of Administrative Services. "It says that Weber State is dedicated to being the best. Hats off to everyone who made it happen - most notably our coaches, our players, and our faculty.''

Weber State's 2008-09 victory was highlighted by top finishes in both the athletic and academic portions used to determine the winner. Weber State totaled 148.8 athletic points for an average of 10.63 points per sport. In academics, Weber State finished with an accumulative grade point average of 3.18, and a league-high 40 of its All-Conference athletes finished with a GPA of at least 3.0.

"Our student-athletes once again showed amazing dedication to their respective sports and studies,'' said Weber State Athletics Director Jerry Graybeal. "This award is shared by everyone associated with Weber State University, many who provide us the resources needed to win the Sterling Savings Bank Presidents' Cup four times in seven tries. We couldn't achieve this type of success without the continued support of our campus and the community.''

The University of Montana finished second in the overall standings, followed by Northern Arizona University. Montana won the Presidents' Cup in 2006-07, while Northern Arizona won it in 2005-06.

The Sterling Savings Bank Presidents' Cup is unique to collegiate athletics in that it reinforces the Big Sky's dedication to the academic side of the student-athlete experience. Team grade point averages, graduation rates and number of All-Conference performers with a grade point average above 3.0 are used to determine the academic side.

Athletic points are determined by regular-season standings for football, soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's tennis. Finish in the Big Sky Championships for men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, and golf are also used to determine points.

Weber State won the Men's All-Sports Trophy, amassing 81.8 total points for an average of 13.6 points per sport. The Wildcats were led by regular-season championships in basketball and a co-championship in football. The football title was Weber State's first since 1968 and only the third in school history. The outdoor track team and the cross country team each finished second at the Big Sky Championships. The Wildcat men's tennis team tied for third in the regular-season standings, while the indoor track and field team placed fourth.

The soccer team led the Wildcat women's sports, capturing the regular-season title. The golf team picked up a surprising third-place finish at the conference championship. Weber State's women's cross country team placed third, as did its indoor track and field team. Weber State was fourth in outdoor track and field and tied for fourth in volleyball.

Twelve of Weber State's 14 Big Sky athletic squads finished with a GPA of at least 3.0 Coach Jeff Smith's golfers led the way with an impressive 3.57 accumulative GPA. The women's cross country team was second at 3.51, followed by the women's indoor track and field team at 3.38 and the women's outdoor track and field team at 3.37. The men's cross country team checked at 3.25. When Weber State won the Presidents' Cup in 2007-08, 11 of its squads were at 3.0 or better.

The past year proved to be stellar for Big Sky student-athletes.  Of the 125 Big Sky teams, 82 finished with an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and improvement of four teams from 2007-08. Eastern Washington finished with the top overall GPA at 3.22. Montana State was second at 3.20, and Weber State was third at 3.18. Seven of the nine institutions finished with an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Eastern Washington's women's golf team posted the top GPA at 3.59, followed by the Weber State golf team at 3.57 and the EWU volleyball team at 3.52. The women's cross country teams from Weber State and Eastern Washington both recorded GPAs of 3.51. Eastern Washington's cross country posted the highest GPA on the men's side at 3.43.

A total of 221 All-Conference student-athletes finished with GPAs of 3.0 or better, including 40 from Weber State and 39 from Northern Arizona.

"We once again congratulate Weber State on capturing the Sterling Savings Bank Presidents' Cup,'' said Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton. "We've been awarding this honor for seven years now, and Weber State is the only institution to claim the honor multiple times. It's a sign of success across the board in athletics and in the classroom."

"I was also very pleased to see the total number of our teams and All-Conference performers with solid grade point averages,'' Fullerton added. "Seven of our schools reported GPAs of at least 3.0, and the other two were very close to reaching that mark. We also thank Sterling Savings Bank for its continued support of the Big Sky Conference's most prestigious award.''

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