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OLLU athletics excelling in the classroom

Our Lady of the Lake University athletics department finding new ways to help their student-athletes with their academics

SAN ANTONIO TX – Being a student-athlete can be a hard life to juggle sometimes, with the long hours of trying to perfect their sport, the added stress of getting a degree and of course the mandatory recovery time every athlete needs to take to give their body a chance to get better. For some athletes, excelling in their sports alone is not good enough, excelling in the classroom is a priority as well. The average college student-athlete earns around a 2.3 GPA in their years of eligibility while the average college student earns a 2.6 GPA in a regular undergraduate degree program.

Being a student-athlete can be a hard life to juggle sometimes, with the long hours of trying to perfect their sport, the added stress of getting a degree and of course the mandatory recovery time every athlete needs to take to give their body a chance to get better. For some athletes, excelling in their sports alone is not good enough, excelling in the classroom is a priority as well. The average college student-athlete earns around a 2.3 GPA in their years of eligibility while the average college student earns a 2.6 GPA in a regular undergraduate degree program.

Our Lady of the Lake University is striving to have their athletes excel far beyond that statistic with the help of study tools, counselors and tutoring  to help the athletes gain a high GPA. This year the average GPA for OLLU athletics was a 2.4 between men and women’s sports. With eight athletes receiving a 4.0 GPA over the full academic term, five were from the women’s side and three from men’s sports. 

Women’s volleyball player Lauren Cameron ended with a straight 4.0 and thanked her coaches and tutors for getting her to that point.“It seems like a hard goal to reach but when you have this much help from everyone around you, all it comes down to is your self-discipline,” Cameron said. 

The entire athletic program at OLLU has made as many changes as needed to help the athletes get what they need for their studies including a study hall every day in the UWAC. This is where the athletes can clock in with the front desk staff and have a quiet area, or somewhere the coaches can send a student who is struggling in their studies; it helps to have someone that is holding you accountable to your study hours rather than just putting it all on yourself.

“We put this in the place because a lot of schools have a mandatory eight study hours that freshman has to do the first year, and then the number drops the higher your GPA becomes,” Women’s Basketball coach Christopher Minner said.

With the new GPA rules set in place, all coaches and directors hope to see a huge improvement with the student’s success and the overall GPA of the program.


Our Lady of the Lake University is striving to have their athletes excel far beyond that statistic with the help of what study tools, counselors, and tutoring the athletes need in order to gain a high GPA. This year the average GPA for OLLU athletics was a 2.4 between men and women’s sports. With eight athletes receiving a 4.0 GPA over the full academic term, five were from the women’s side and three from men sports. Ending with a straight 4.0, sophomore Lauren Cameron with the women’s volleyball team thanked her coaches and the tutors for getting her to that point, “it seems like a hard goal to reach but when you have this much help from everyone around you, all it comes down to is your self-discipline,” said Cameron.


The entire athletic program at OLLU has made as many changes as needed to help the athletes get what they need for their studies including a study hall put n place that is open from 9-9 every day in the UWAC. This place is somewhere the athletes can come into a clock in with a front desk person and have a quiet area, or somewhere the coaches can send a student who is struggling in their studies; it helps to have someone that is holding you accountable to your study hours rather than just putting it all on yourself.

“We put this in the place because a lot of schools have a mandatory eight study hours that freshman has to do the first year, and then the number drops the higher your GPA becomes,” Women’s basketball coach, Christopher Minner said.


With the new GPA rules set in place for OLLU athletics, all coaches and directors hope to see a huge improvement with the student’s success and the overall GPA of the program.

OLLU women’s basketball, senior Kasey Saldana

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