GC Softball’s Hannah Coursey Earns Academic All-America Honors

Junior second baseman Hannah Coursey
Junior second baseman Hannah Coursey

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AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) released the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division II Softball team Wednesday, with Georgia College's Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia) taking a spot on the third team.

A complete student-athlete with a spot on the D2CCA All-Southeast Region team last week for her play, Coursey pulls in this honor, based on a 4.00 GPA as an accounting major with a minor in finance. She hit .340 with a home run, 28 RBIs and 26 runs scored this season. Coursey played in all 45 ballgames and was perfect on 10 stolen base attempts. Along with the all-region selection, she was chosen to the All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) First Team and took the Elite 15 honor for softball, owing the top GPA at the championship site.

Coursey earns just the fourth Academic All-America trophy in GC Softball history, as pitchers Marisa Boyette took third-team distinction in 2015 and Mandy Chandler was also named to the third team in both 2008 and 2009.

Coursey joins Jeanie Perrucci of Young Harris College as the only two student-athletes from PBC schools on the three teams.

The team is voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2016-17 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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