HILTON HEAD, S.C. – In 2008-09, the Georgia College & State University Athletic Department was awarded the Peach Belt Conference’s (PBC) all-sports trophy, the Commissioner’s Cup, for the first time in school history. So what does Bobcat Athletics do for an encore? Georgia College made it back-to-back, capturing the coveted cup for the second-straight season.
“Bobcat Athletics remains a source of pride for the Georgia College community,” said University President Dr. Dorothy Leland. “Each and every Georgia College student-athlete can look at their 2009-10 season with a strong sense of pride in something that has never been done before in school history. Our student-athletes continue to represent our University well, with a sense of commitment to character as well as on-the-field success.”
Georgia College blew away the competition, picking up 85 of a possible 113 points, good for a .752 ratio. Bobcat Athletics is just the sixth program to take the PBC’s all-sports honor in back-to-back seasons, with just three of those remaining as members of the NCAA Division II. Columbus State University and Francis Marion University remain in the Peach Belt, while the University of North Florida, USC Upstate and Kennesaw State University have all moved to Division I.
“This is a direct result of the quality, hard-working student-athletes, coaches and support staff we have in our department,” said Wendell Staton, GCSU Director of Athletics. “I am equally as proud of our consistency on the Peach Belt Presidential Scholar List and All-Academic teams. Georgia College is fortunate enough to follow closely the NCAA Division II model of a well-balanced student-athlete both on and off the playing surface.”
Georgia College took the Commissioner’s Cup this season with strong performances across the board, led by conference championships in baseball and men’s golf. GCSU women’s cross country also took second at the PBC Championships in the fall. Bobcat men’s and women’s basketball each won the PBC West Division, the men finishing second overall, and the women third.
Men’s tennis also took third place, with women’s soccer also pulling in a third-place slot. All told, of the 10 athletic programs at Georgia College, a whopping seven finished in the top three or better in their respective league standings. Seven of the 10 programs also advanced to NCAA post-season competition, including the Bobcat baseball team, finishing third in the nation at the Division II College World Series in Cary, N.C.
Columbus State took second to Georgia College with a .739 ratio, picking up 88 of a possible 119 points.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, back-to-back winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Georgia College prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.