Our baseball team had a very successful year, with an 18 – 1 conference record and winning the NCAA regional championship. These kind of athletic successes, much like the Ad Team’s first-place finishes in national competitions and the Chorale’s performance at the Presidential Inauguration, raise the profile of Missouri State.
Success on and off the field
The importance of our athletics programs cannot be quantified in wins and losses. The athletics infrastructure at Missouri State changes the lives of student athletes by putting them on a path toward academic success.
The 2016-17 academic year was record breaking for our student athletes’ academic performance. The university exceed a 930 APR score in all sports and had a 985.81 average APR score. The average student athlete GPA for the year was 3.16, which set a new record. Volleyball had a 3.73 average GPA, which set a record for any of Missouri State’s large sports (women’s golf and women’s cross-country are the only sports to have had higher average GPAs). Seven Missouri State teams had average GPAs above 3.50, and football, baseball, softball, men’s soccer, women’s swimming and women’s tennis had record setting average GPAs.
Meanwhile, Missouri State won conference championships in baseball, women’s swimming, volleyball and women’s golf, and finished fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference All-Sport Standings.
Athletics also demonstrated their commitment to responsibly partner with the other divisions of the university by reducing their anticipated expenditures for fiscal year 2018 by more than $1 million. Leadership in athletics and for the university recognize that winning athletic programs are important, but academic excellence and responsible financial planning are critical to the mission of the university.
This has been a good year for Missouri State athletics. Our student athletes performed admirably on the field, but more importantly, they knocked it out of the park in the classroom. I want to thank all of our coaches, athletics administrators, and faculty and staff throughout the university for helping to put our athletes on a trajectory for success.
Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!