San Jose, Calif. – The San José State softball team, which in 2017 produced its first Mountain West Softball Championship, did so with some of the smartest players in the nation.
Makayla Englestad, Grace Garvey, Kacie Gresenz, Katelyn Linford, Jacey Phipps and Stephanie Troja, who last year earned a 3.5 grade-point average or higher, have been named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athletes.
“We train our student-athletes to excel in the classroom as well as on the field,” head coach Peter Turner said. “Last year we were champions in both arenas. I want to also thank the outstanding team of our SASS (Student-Athlete Success Services) program who work with our players every day to achieve their academic goals.”
The six Spartans are among 1,843 Division I and a total of 4,936 university level student-athletes who have been honored by the NFCA for their academic achievements last year.