UPLAND, Ind. – For the second time in the past four years, Taylor led the NAIA in Capital One Academic All-America honors. TU earned 12 awards during the 2014-2015 year, matching Embry-Riddle for the highest amount among any NAIA, Canadian or two-year institutions.
Taylor's 12 Academic All-America awards trailed only the 14 hauled in by NCAA Division III MIT, and matched NCAA Division I Alabama, NCAA Division III Washington and NAIA Embry-Riddle for the second-highest total in the country.
Taylor had 13 of its 18 teams represented by the 12 Academic All-America awards and saw Amanda Roden of women's soccer and Josh DeGraaf of baseball selected as the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for those respective sports. TU and Park were the only NAIA institutions in the nation to earn two Academic All-America-of-the-Year awards during the 2014-2015 season.
The Trojans now boast 46 Academic All-America honors, with 40 coming during the past four years. The 12 awards in 2014-2015 were the second-most in school history, trailing only the 20 awards that helped Taylor lead all colleges on all levels during the 2011-2012 campaign.
The latest honor caps a year of tremendous academic achievement by TU student-athletes, as Taylor also led the NAIA with 18 Scholar-Teams during the 2014-2015 year and ranked among the nation's best with 79 Scholar-Athletes and 29 Capital One Academic All-District honors.
During the 2014-2015 year, Taylor had all 18 of its teams post a collective grade-point average of 3.15 or above, marking the third-straight year that TU has had all 18 teams post a GPA above the 3.0 mark.