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Message from Vice President and Director of Athletics Pat Chun
July 14, 2016

BOCA RATON, Fla. -




Dear Owl Fans,
It's been a busy summer at Florida Atlantic University - that is a good thing. Student-Athletes are enrolled in summer classes, facility projects are moving forward and preparation is ongoing for what should be an incredible 2016-17 year!

Summer also has also given us time to reflect on the extraordinary achievements that were accomplished this past year. Our student-athletes continue to raise the bar and set school records across the board. We also were inspired by baseball's Kevin Abraham, Head Baseball Coach John McCormack and Head Beach Volleyball Coach Capri Grotowski who face adversity and battle in their respective ways to better health. Each serve as an example to us on what can be accomplished through belief, toughness, sacrifice and love. I thank Capri, Kevin and John for being constant examples of the power of the human spirit.

The historic marks our student-athletes achieved started in the classroom. We recorded our first-ever semesters and year with over a 3.0 grade point average. When I arrived in 2012, our overall G.P.A. was a 2.66. This is a testament to the quality of student-athletes who have chosen to be the best they can be at FAU. We also won Conference USA Championships in baseball and softball and Kylee Hanson topped the year off winning Conference USA Female Athletes of the Year. She is the first-ever student-athlete to win the award at FAU.

I would be remised if I didn't say thank you for all your support. We set records in overall attendance and season tickets sales in football. Our student attendance at football also increased for the third year in a row. Fundraising continues to thrive with almost $14 million in gifts and pledges.

We are at a point in our athletics program that there are too many highlights to mention in a few paragraphs. So I have highlighted several below and a complete list is include just click here so everyone can see the accomplishments of so many. We are well positioned to have these types of years annually. We have some of the best student-athletes in the country supported by great coaches and support staff.

Thank you again for being OWLin!

Best Wishes,
Pat


2015-16 Florida Atlantic Department of Athletics Accomplishments and Honors
Academics

  • School record 3.06 overall grade point average (G.P.A.), marking first time in school history department G.P.A. has been over 3.0 for an entire academic year
  • School record spring 2016 semester 3.10 G.P.A.
  • School record 58% of student-athletes with 3.0 or higher G.P.A.
  • School record 13 student-athletes named to the President's List (4.0 G.P.A.)
  • 26 student-athletes named to the Dean's List (3.2 or higher G.P.A. and ranked in the top-10 percent of their major)
  • School record 15 teams posted 3.0 or higher G.P.A. in Spring 2016
  • 44 student-athletes earned Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medals (cumulative 3.75 G.P.A. and above). Total number increased by 10 from 2015
  • 64 student-athletes graduated during the academic year
  • All teams exceeding Academic Progress Rate minimum, with six teams achieving perfect 1000 scores
  • School record 77% Graduation Success Rate (GSR). Marks an increase of over 10 points over the past three years
  • Football's spring 2016 2.94 G.P.A. was the highest in program history. Marks an increase of 0.5 over the past three years
  • Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving earned College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America honors
  • 11 programs overall have posted their highest G.P.A.s since at least 2012
  • Football's Derek Moise was awarded the Conference USA Jim Castaneda Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Launched inaugural FAU Department of Athletics Leadership Academy

Athletic Achievement

  • Multiple Conference Championships for the first time since 2007
  • Kylee Hanson was named Conference USA Female Athlete of the Year, the first ever FAU student-athlete to win this award
  • 35 student-athletes earned All-Conference honors
  • Softball won both the Conference USA Regular-Season and Conference USA Tournament Championships, the first softball conference championship since 2007
  • Softball competed in the NCAA Softball Gainesville Regional
  • Baseball won the Conference USA Regular-Season Championship
  • Baseball competed in the NCAA Baseball Coral Gables Regional
  • CJ. Chatham (baseball) and Kylee Hanson (softball) earned All-America honors, the first in six years FAU had multiple All-American honorees
  • Chatham was named Conference USA Player of the Year for baseball
  • Hanson was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Year for softball
  • Madisyn Palmer was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year for softball
  • Five student-athletes from the baseball team were selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft
  • Beach Volleyball finished the season ranked No. 19 in the country in the final DIG Magazine poll
  • Beach Volleyball's Delaney Clesen and Gabreille Dischler were AVCA Honorable-Mention All-American
  • Football brought home the Shula Trophy with its win over rival FIU on Oct. 31, 2015
  • Azeez Al-Shaair (football) earned first team USA Today Freshman All-American honors
  • Junior Dalton Schomp led the nation in yards per punt (48.0)
  • Junior Trey Hendrickson finished No. 2 nationally with 13.5 sacks
  • Three coaches earned conference coach of the year honors; Patrick Baker (women's soccer), Joan Joyce (softball), and Bryan Gilooly (diving)
  • Women's Soccer had its best finish ever in Conference USA including its first appearance in the conference tournament
  • Volleyball had its best finish ever in Conference USA
  • Cheerleading won the National Cheerleading Association's All-Girl Intermediate Division 1A National Championship

Honors

  • National Association of Academic Advisors (N4A) Model Practices Award given to the university that displays best practices in their programming for student-athletes. FAU was honored for its work with the football program. Along with the academic improvement, the FAU athletics department has developed a comprehensive life skills program, featuring career services and a speakers program, as well as a concerted effort to provide community service to the Boca Raton area
  • National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) Gold Medal recipient in video segment category for its "Thank You Owl Nation" video. The Gold Medal is given to the top video amongst all 128 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions
  • Softball's Chan Walker and Women's Soccer Jordan Reppell were selected to the NCAA Women Coaches Academy/Alliance of Women Coaches. The 4-day educational training seminar offered non-sport-specific program management strategies, with a special focus on philosophy development. The program helps build a knowledge base about planning, communication, legal issues, ethics, hiring, supervising staff, conflict resolution, learning styles and achieving success. The academy was held in June 2016
  • Brian Battle, Associate Athletics Director, was selected to be a mentor for the 2016 National Association of Athletics Compliance's (NAAC) Athletic Compliance Elite (A.C.E.). This elite program develops a mentor/mentee program, which will help young compliance professionals grow in the industry, by serving as a confidant, advisor and teacher to the mentee

Attendance

  • First sellout in FAU Stadium history on September 11, 2015
  • No. 18 nationally in NCAA average attendance increase for football
  • School record for season tickets with a 115% increase from 2014 to 2015
  • Football attendance increased 50% from 2014 to 2015
  • School record for student attendance at home football games. Student attendance increased by 70% from the previous season. It marked the third-consecutive year of student attendance increases at football (20% increase in 2013 and 24% increase in 2014)
  • Largest home crowd for FAU women's soccer match which featured the Owls vs Miami on September 4, 2015
  • Third-consecutive year of student attendance increase in all ticketed varsity sports (6% in 2015-16, 14% in 2014-15 and 19% in 2013-14)
  • Attendance for all ticketed sports increased 22% from FY 2014-15 to FY 2015-16

Development

  • $13.9 million in gifts and pledges in FY 2015-16. This marks back-to-back years of record fundraising for FAU with over $30.7 million in gifts and pledges the past two years
  • Christine E. Lynn committed $5 million for the Christine E. Lynn Sports Medicine Center
  • Bobby and Barbara Campbell committed $5 million for the Bobby and Barbara Campbell Academic Success Center
  • $575,000 in gift commitments towards on campus tennis facility. Construction will begin in summer 2016

Community and Economic Impact

  • School record with over 4000 hours of community service
  • Hosted the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl in FAU Stadium on December 24, 2015. Game is owned and operated by ESPN. Over 4 million television viewers in its two years of existence
  • Hosted the U.S. Soccer Women's National Team in the "SheBelieves Cup" Championship Game The reigning World Cup Champions defeated Germany to win the championship in FAU Stadium
  • The Miami Heat held its training camp at FAU Arena in September 2015
  • Hosted the New England Patriots for two days of practice in FAU Stadium January 2016 
  • Partnered with the Orange Bowl and held a spring football practice at Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale in April 2016
  • Nearly 3000 local youths participated in a multitude of sports camps hosted by FAU varsity sports program throughout the year

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