Wednesday, August 8 2018

2017-18 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – On Wednesday it was announced that a record 1,348 student-athletes have been named to the Ohio Valley Conference's Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2017-18 academic year.  Eastern Illinois once again ranked near the top of the OVC with number of athletes on the Commissioner's Honor Roll as 128 Panther student-athletes reached that honor.

That marks the single-largest total in League history, surpassing the mark of 1,337 honorees set in 2015-16.

To be listed, recipients must have achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average, have been eligible and on the team throughout the competitive season in their chosen NCAA-sponsored sport(s) and used a season of competition.

Those numbers included 34 student-athletes who compete in non-OVC championship sports that do not compete in another conference (i.e. Southeast Missouri gymnastics, UT Martin equestrian, Austin Peay, Jacksonville State and Morehead State beach volleyball) and 155 student-athletes who were recipients in multiple sports (and counted just once in the final total).

Jacksonville State had the most selections to the Commissioner's Honor Roll (139) while the sport of women's track and field was the sport with the most honorees league-wide (188).  Eastern Illinois was second with 128 followed by Belmont with 126.   Earlier this week the OVC released is OVC Academic Medal of Honor Award winners with EIU boasting a league-high 30 winners. 

Over the past 10 years the OVC has honored nearly 12,000 student-athletes with the Commissioner's Honor Roll award.