25 athletes earn spot on college honor roll

Student-athletes put up impressive numbers both on the field of play and off by making up nearly one-fourth of the president’s honor roll for the fall 2013 semester.

Of Laramie County Community College’s 111 student-athletes, 25 made the honor roll.

The college’s athletic director said he’s proud the honor roll illustrates the department’s focus on athletes being students first.
“It means a great deal to the LCCC athletic program to have nearly a quarter of the student-athletes on the honor roll,” LCCC’s Athletic Director Pete Cautilli said. “Student success in the classroom will always be the No. 1 goal of our department.”

While the money invested in athletic scholarships is sometimes scrutinized on college campuses, coaches like LCCC’s new volleyball coach hope results like this past fall’s honor roll change perceptions about student athletes.

“I would hope that it would at least challenge those people to re-evaluate their stance on athletics and open their eyes to how the resources used to attract quality student-athletes help the college on both academic and athletic fronts,” Austin Albers said.

Student-athletes work through busy schedules between class, practice, homework and workouts. To help its student-athletes, LCCC has developed structures such as mandatory study hall for the soccer, basketball and volleyball teams.

Cautilli noted, “LCCC’s coaches also monitor the progress of our student athletes regularly to make sure they are on top of their academics.” Each athlete must submit biweekly grade reports for each class. The reports are returned to the athletes’ coaches.

Similarly, Rodeo Coach David Browder said the rodeo athletes have an academic adviser to whom they must report and provide progress reports several times a semester.