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Women's Soccer took away top academic honors. From left, Melanie Flatter, Ellie Taylor, Samantha Patterson, Amber Adams and Becca Austin.

Coastal Carolina Athletics celebrates academic success

by Mike Cawood
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Not only did Coastal Carolina have a successful athletic season in its first year in the Sun Belt Conference, the Chanticleers also performed well in the classroom for the 2016-17 academic year.

For the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters, a total of 74 student-athletes graduated (31 in the fall and 43 in the spring), including 27 who graduated with honors (three summa cum laude, 13 magna cum laude and 11 cum laude). Also, five Chanticleers received their master’s degrees, including Leroy Cummings (football; M. Ed.), Calvin Hollenhorst (football; MBA), Bruce Mapp (football; MBA) Voghens Larrieux (football; MBA) and Rachel Gregory (women’s basketball, MBA).

For the year, Coastal Carolina student-athletes posted a 3.154 GPA while owning a cumulative GPA of 3.203. The women’s tennis and women’s golf teams were the department’s top performers, posting GPAs of 3.834 and 3.82, respectively, for the year. In fact, all 11 women’s programs had a GPA over 3.0 for the year, while six of the eight men’s programs owned at least a 3.0 GPA for the year with the lowest by any sport program being an impressive 2.836.

A total 257 student-athletes had at least a 3.0 GPA in the fall of 2016, including 51 who earned a perfect 4.0 to earn President’s List honors, and another 116 made the Dean’s List. In the spring, 226 student-athletes had at least a 3.0, with 42 receiving President’s List honors and 101 making the Dean’s List.

Francesco Migliano, a Coastal Carolina men's tennis student-athlete who graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA, was offered a six-month internship as placement analyst with the Citi Latin America Internship Program. Starting June 21 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Migliano will be connecting and facilitating relationships between the company's teams across different Latin American countries and the United States.

“This is a very prestigious and competitive position, and I'm grateful to be given this opportunity,” said Migliano. “I am very proud to have graduated summa cum laude from Coastal Carolina, while being named the Department of Athletics' Student-Athlete of the Year and being the men's tennis team's SAAC representative.”

Coastal Carolina December 2016 Student-Athlete Graduates


Anthony Marks, communication

Cole Schaefer, management

Women's Basketball

Ced Gibson, interdisciplinary studies


Jabarai Bothwell, communication

Nicholas Clark, communication

Eric Church (cum laude), recreation and sport management

Leroy Cummings, M. Ed.
Kenneth Daniels, communication
Dominic DiGalbo, management
Randall Drayton, communication
Kyle Fleetwood, communication
Calvin Hollenhorst, MBA
Kerron Johnson, psychology
Chris Jones, communication
Zach Kelley (magna cum laude), management
Adam Maxie, interdisciplinary studies
Bruce Mapp, MBA
Jarius McMillan, marketing
Rodney Mitchell, recreation and sport management
Dwayne Price, management
A.J. Sattinger, recreation and sport management

Elizabeth Constant, marketing
Men’s Soccer
Elis Bjornsson (magna cum laude), finance
Einar Einarsson, computer science
Ryan Reid (cum laude), interdisciplinary studies
Women's Soccer
Hannah Johannsdottir, computer science
Brittany Temple (magna cum laude), political science
Bri Chiusano, communication
Morgan Noad (cum laude), biology
Men's Tennis
Stefan Jakubov, finance
Men’s Track/Cross Country
Charles Bascom (cum laude), finance
Ryan Minor (cum laude), education
Deion Wellington
Exercise & Sport Science
Women's Track/Cross Country
Kyla Van Graan (magna cum laude), management

Coastal Carolina May 2017 Student-Athlete Graduates

Jordan Gore (cum laude), sociology
Men’s Basketball

Elijah Wilson, management
Women’s Basketball
Derriel Banyard, exercise and sport science
Rachel Gregory, MBA
Olivia Carlton (cum laude), accounting

Osharmar Abercrombie, public health
Gary Bradshaw, management
Lorenzo D’Angelo, biology
Voghens Larrieux, MBA
Ryan Granger (cum laude), computer science
Shane Johnson, communication
Alex Scearce, sociology
Marcus Williamson, recreation and sport management
Men’s Golf
Ryan Carpenter (cum laude), management
Olle Widegren (cum laude), management
Alfredo Ruiz, finance
Women’s Golf
Barbora Bakova (magna cum laude), marketing
Karley Barreno, exercise and sport science
Margaret Carr (magna cum laude), intelligence and national security
Holly McKee, exercise and sport science
Jenna Stover, communication
Lauren Thomas (cum laude), exercise and sport science
Caroline Williams, marketing
Rachel Wagner (magna cum laude), mathematics
Margaret Wright (summa cum laude), elementary education
Keri White, communication
Amanda Daneker, exercise and sport science
Men’s Tennis
Pedro Leme, management
Francesco Migliano (summa cum laude), economics
Men’s Track/Cross Country
Eric Goings, interdisciplinary studies
Derrick Kinloch, communication
Women’s Track/Cross Country
Olivia Coopwood, communication
Emma Kroger (magna cum laude), exercise and sport science
Caroline Pallini, marketing
Jackie Brengel, exercise and sport science/public health
Courtney Lawson, exercise and sport science
Samantha Patterson, marketing
Women’s Soccer
Amber Adams, sociology


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