Dominican repeats as PacWest academic champion

For the second year in a row, Dominican University of California has been awarded the Pacific West Conference’s Academic Achievement Award, the first school in the current nine-team league to win the award in its first two years as a PacWest member institution.

Dominican student-athletes compiled an impressive average 3.25 grade point average, highest among the eight other conference schools by a full .11. BYU-Hawai’i was second in the PacWest with an average 3.14 GPA.

Last year, Penguins student-athletes recorded a 3.21 GPA to win the PacWest academic award in their inaugural season in the league.

“We are delighted with this repeat performance by our student-athletes and the faculty, staff and coaches at Dominican who help and support them,” said retiring Dominican President Joseph R. Fink, who received a Presidential Achievement Award from the Pacific West Conference earlier this month at the league meetings.

 “This is a proud occasion for Dominican and its athletics program, which has successfully balanced its efforts to compete in the classroom and on the field or court. It validates our belief and goal that our student-athletes embrace the values of this University and are committed to being better students, athletes and leaders.”

The PacWest Academic Achievement Award is the only team championship earned in the classroom. The conference’s average GPA for the 2010-11 school year was 3.02.

“This is another example of the dedication of our student-athletes and what they can and will achieve at this University,” said Dominican Athletics Director Terry Tumey. “This is a reflection of the type of leadership, led by President Fink, and vision that Dominican has to challenge its athletic teams to excel on all levels.”

Tumey thanked Dominican faculty and supporting staff members for their outstanding contributions in support of DU students.

“With the amazing demands placed on student-athletes for academic and athletic success, this is a product of the University community’s tremendous commitment to scholarship,” he said.

 The grade point average for each school is not based upon its cumulative average, but rather an average of how each student athlete performed in the classroom during the 2010-11 academic year.

“Dominican had another tremendous year in the classroom and should be lauded for its consistent and outstanding effort in the classroom,” said Bob Hogue, commissioner of the PacWest. “For the second straight year, the conference student-athletes set a record with six of the nine PacWest athletic programs boasting a GPA of at least 3.0.”



Dave Albee
Associate Director of Public Relations
Dominican University of California


Brandon Davis
Sports Information Director
Dominican University