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Nearly 83% of Gardner-Webb Student-Athletes Achieve Big South Presidential Honor Roll

A Record Number of Big South Student-Athletes Earn 3.0 Grade Point Average in 2023-24

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Big South Conference has announced that a league-record 73.98 percent of eligible student-athletes earned Presidential Honor Roll status for their work in the classroom in 2023-24. Gardner-Webb placed 82.75% (307) of its 371 eligible student-athletes on the list. The University was one of three member institutions to have at least 80 percent of 3.0 students.

Vice President and Director of Athletics praised the student-athletes and everyone at GWU who supports and encourages them. “We believe that true victory is won, not just on the courts and fields of play, but also in the classroom and in the community,” Goodrich observed. “This level of success is due to the hard work and commitment of our students, staff, and coaches who understand that champions act like champions in all areas of their lives. I’m grateful and thankful for their positive attitudes and efforts.”

To be named to the Presidential Honor Roll, student-athletes must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better for the recently-completed academic year, and this past season, 2,152 out of 2,909 eligible student-athletes achieved the benchmark.

Radford University led all Big South institutions as Radford had 85.50% (230) of its 269 eligible student-athletes on the Presidential Honor Roll. High Point University was third highest at 81.47% (255 of 313). 

The remaining six full-time members all cleared 60%, while four institutions finished in the 70% range — UNC Asheville at 77.74, Longwood University at 76.71 percent, Presbyterian College at 75.67 and Winthrop University at 72.04.  USC Upstate (66.43) and Charleston Southern University (64.95) round out the historic accomplishment.

The Big South had an all-time high 273 student-athletes receive Commissioner’s Award distinction in 2023-24 for having a 4.0 GPA. Gold Award scholars (3.75-3.99) totaled 604 while another 522 received Silver Award (3.50-3.74) accolades in 2023-24 for a combined total of 1,399 student-athletes with at least a 3.50 GPA last year — 65.01 percent of all Presidential Honor Roll members at or above that threshold.

The 2023-24 Gardner-Webb Commissioner’s Award honorees are listed below by sport, while the full 2023-24 Presidential Honor Roll is available here.

2023-24 Big South Commissioner’s Award Recipients (Student-Athletes with 4.0 GPA)


  • Reid Bertram, Gardner-Webb
  • Luke Carpenter, Gardner-Webb
  • Michael Ciminiello, Gardner-Webb
  • Cameron Czerwinski, Gardner-Webb
  • Creighton Hansen, Gardner-Webb
  • Aidan Marino, Gardner-Webb

Men’s basketball

  • Shahar Lazar, Gardner-Webb
  • Lucas Stieber, Gardner-Webb


  • Evan Ferguson, Gardner-Webb

Men’s golf

  • Maxwell White, Gardner-Webb

Women’s golf

  • Julia Buchgeher, Gardner-Webb
  • Anna Snoblová, Gardner-Webb

Women’s lacrosse

  • Emma Duchscherer, Gardner-Webb
  • Victoria Fischetti, Gardner-Webb
  • Mackenzie Gallery, Gardner-Webb
  • Reese Jones, Gardner-Webb
Men's Soccer Team

Men’s soccer

  • Louison Cavalier, Gardner-Webb
  • Patrick Millard, Gardner-Webb
  • Samuel Ritner, Gardner-Webb

Women’s soccer

  • Camila Lezcano, Gardner-Webb
  • Andrea Stampone, Gardner-Webb


  • Meredith Wayland, Gardner-Webb

Men’s track & field/cross country

  • Jonathan Timpson, Gardner-Webb

Women’s track & field/cross country

  • Teryn Bour, Gardner-Webb
  • Isa van Sintemaartensdijk, Gardner-Webb


  • Morgan Hornaday, Gardner-Webb

Men’s swimming & diving

  • Daniel Bennett, Gardner-Webb
  • Garrett Despres, Gardner-Webb
  • Theodore Drescher, Gardner-Webb
  • Jacob Jensen, Gardner-Webb
  • Bergen Leach, Gardner-Webb
  • James Seip, Gardner-Webb

Women’s swimming & diving

  • Anna Frye, Gardner-Webb
  • Alexandra Haasser, Gardner-Webb
  • Sara Jann, Gardner-Webb

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