Three La Sierra University student athletes have been named as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athletes for 2012. Aaron Snyder and Joshua Zonker, from the men’s basketball team, and Ashley Baumgaertel, who played on both the women’s basketball and softball teams, were selected for the national honor.
Athletes are nominated for consideration as scholar-athletes by their head coach. Nominees must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
“Aaron Snyder will be a tremendous success in his future as a teacher,” says Derrick Robbins, head basketball coach. “He is dedicated to education and was able to maintain a 3.7 GPA while involved in the athletic program, which is a difficult load to carry.”
Joshua Zonker also received the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award this year. “Any student in this university who has had math trouble has probably sat with Josh,” Robbins says. “He works as a tutor in the Learning Support and Testing Center, and he’s earned a 4.0 GPA
as a math major.”
Ashley Baumgaertel was able to maintain excellent academic standing while playing a pivotal role for the women’s basketball team.
“Ashley is an incredibly disciplined and dedicated person,” says Andy Press, assistant coach for the Golden Eagles women’s basketball team. “Her maturity shines through. She led our team as captain as well as becoming a scholar-athlete.”