Lion Athletics’ Success in the Classroom Continues in Fall 2023

By Lion Athletics

COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic department excelled once again in the classroom during the fall 2023 semester, having earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.08 following the fall semester.

Along with the athletic department boasting a 3.08 cumulative GPA following the fall semester, 13 of the 14 teams achieved a semester GPA of 3.00 or higher in the fall. This is the highest number of teams to earn this distinction in any one semester outside of the COVID-19 affected Spring 2020 semester.

“Academic achievement is a hallmark of A&M-Commerce Athletics, and this past semester’s accomplishments in the classroom are just another reflection of our unwavering commitment to serve, win and transform,” said Director of Athletics Jim Curry. “Congratulations to our teams and individual student-athletes for successfully balancing their obligations in the classroom with the demands of Division I athletics.”

Additionally, a total of 213 out of the 327 student-athletes recorded GPAs of 3.00 or above in the fall semester, including 42 who posted perfect 4.0 GPAs, this fall. The athletic department also celebrated 26 graduates during fall commencement ceremonies.

Curry added, “Thank you to our student-athlete academic support team and our coaches for ensuring the primacy of education, along with the faculty, advisors, mentors, tutors, and many other university professionals who tirelessly support our students on a daily basis.”

“I am always excited to see the achievements of our student-athletes at the end of each semester and this fall was no exception,” said Tammi Vacha-Haase, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Despite the rigorous challenges of being a Division I student-athlete, our students continue to excel in the classroom. I am thankful for our faculty and staff that provide our student-athletes the necessary resources to succeed in the classroom.”

Below is the list of the 13 programs that posted a term GPA of 3.00 or above this fall.

Women’s Golf3.70
Men’s Golf3.50
Men’s Cross Country3.35
Women’s Cross Country3.17
Women’s Basketball3.12
Women’s Track & Field- Indoor & Outdoor3.07
Men’s Basketball3.03
Men’s Track & Field- Indoor & Outdoor3.01

The full list of 213 student-athletes that recorded term GPAs of 3.00 or above in the fall can be found below. Those marked with a ‘*’ earned a perfect 4.0 semester GPA.


Kwo AgwaGeneral Studies
Rob BanksGeneral Studies
Prince DaviesGeneral Studies
Alonzo DoddSport & Recreation Management
Zondrick GarrettGeneral Studies
Tommie LewisGeneral Studies
Evan PhelpsSport & Recreation Management
Brandon TaylorCommunication Studies
James “Pop” WeathersGeneral Studies
Kalen WilliamsGeneral Studies


Jordyn BeatySport & Recreation Management
Mia DeckBusiness Administration
Mary DelgadoHealth Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Lucia Hervia*Accounting
Jada HoodApplied Criminology
Cora Horvath*Sport & Recreation Management
Jordyn NewsomeSport & Recreation Management
Jasmine PaynePsychology
Olivia RussellBusiness Administration


Yosef AbdulrazeqAccounting
Ryan ArmendarizKinesiology & Sport Studies
Joe CruzComputer Science
Chris FloresKinesiology & Sport Studies
Jeremiah GarciaConstruction Engineering
Kai JohnsonKinesiology & Sport Studies
Jan LenfertBusiness Administration
Chris NavarreteComputer Information Systems
Casey Novelo*Electrical Engineering
Connor RohmanAccounting
Josh SchutterMarketing
Alex Speer*Sport & Recreation Management
Colten van Voorhis*Computer Science


Alondra CampaPublic Health
Elizabeth IbarraFinance
Emma PhillipsAgribusiness
Anete Randma*Technology Management
Haleigh RisnerBiological Sciences


AJ AbbottGeneral Studies
Brody BobstGeneral Studies
Reggie BranchCriminal Justice
Kyle BruceGeneral Studies
Nick CantilloManagement
Cole CatesConstruction Engineering
Bryce ChambersGeneral Studies
Zayden DavisGeneral Studies
Jewelz-Unique DempsSupply Chain Management
Chandler DonawayBusiness Administration
Micaleous ElderGeneral Studies
Max EppsHealth Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Clifford FunderburkBusiness Administration
Andy GallegosPublic Health
Braxton GarmonConstruction Engineering
Matthew GoldmanKinesiology & Sport Studies
Sloan HubertAgribusiness
Kion HurdGeneral Studies
Jadin JonesKinesiology & Sport Studies
Josiah KennardGeneral Business
Preston KilgoreCriminal Justice
Sean-Krystoff KingComputer Science
Daimon LaFranceGeneral Studies
Thomas LandryCriminal Justice
Spencer LongGraduate Certificate – Sports Coaching
Mirko MartosBusiness Administration
Mitchell McGarryBusiness Administration
Cameron NellorManagement
EJ OakmonKinesiology & Sport Studies
Jason OtahBiological Sciences
Kendall PaulGeneral Studies
Christian PerryKinesiology & Sport Studies
Jordan PolkGraduate Certificate – Organization Development
Jaden ProctorGeneral Studies
Hunter Rioux*Accounting
Austin SamahaAgriculture Leadership & Communication
Caleb SimsAnimal Science
Major SpencerBusiness Analytics
Jonathan SpurlockSport & Recreation Management
Cole ThriftKinesiology & Sport Studies
Brandon TuckerAgricultural Sciences
Santos ValdezGeneral Studies
Nate Washington IIIGeneral Business
Matthew WelchAnimal Science
Luke WilliamsSport & Recreation Management
Wesley York, Jr.Computer Science
Leon YoungLiberal Studies


Dayne BachmeyerMarketing
Sam BensonGeneral Studies
Seth GraberMarketing & Marketing Analytics
Logan JohnsonMarketing
Chance MulliganBusiness Administration
Blake TaylorBusiness Administration
Ivan Yabut*Health Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Balint Zavaczki*Management


Marie Baertz*Construction Engineering
Julianna Crow*Construction Engineering
Jordan Dusckas*Marketing
Benz Far-ArunPsychology
Marie Naeher*Political Science
Annika Schwinn*General Business
Carly WhittingtonKinesiology & Sports Studies


Ashley CampuzanoPublic Health
Nia ChaconBusiness Administration
Sophia Dean*Psychology
Sloane DenningPsychology
Valerie Flores*Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Hailey Griffin*General Business
Christina Hernandez*Education
Addy HigginsAnimal Science
Gillian McKenzieEducation
Savannah PowellGeneral Studies
Jaynie RustEngineering
Mindy ShoffitPublic Health
Melissa StoreyBusiness Administration
Kristen SueltzPublic Health
Riezi Uzezi-Itesa*Engineering
Kaitlyn Valaitis*Psychology
Marina VeraKinesiology & Sport Studies
Becca WindrumKinesiology & Sport Studies


Charli Anger*Kinesiology & Sport Studies
KK CosekBusiness Administration
Ashley DiazGeneral Studies
Ashylnn GriffithPublic Health
Elizabeth GuerreroCriminal Justice
Darby HickeyCommunication Studies
Brooke HiltonCommunication Studies
Shelby Hodge*Education
Jenna Joyce*Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Kasey Kuyrkendall*Sport & Recreation Management
Destiny MartinezSport & Recreation Management
Emmie Miehe*Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Maddie Muller*Public Health
Julia SanchezKinesiology & Sport Studies
Diamond SefeCommunication Studies
Stephanie Tapia*Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Tehya Pitts*Criminal Justice
Tatum WrightBiological Sciences


Emmanuel AgenorManagement
Travis BalcarAgribusiness
Eddie BarrientesCriminal Justice
Jarrett GormerSport & Recreation Management
Brayden JeanottePhysics
Jack JonesGeneral Studies
Chandler KingComputer Science
Philip Krenek*Sport & Recreation Management
Gage MarshallKinesiology & Sport Studies
Brett MayaKinesiology & Sport Studies
Cristian MontesBusiness Administration
Joshua NateKinesiology & Sport Studies
Tahje Parrish*Health Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Ziphion ReeveyHealth Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Connor StockerlBusiness Administration
Nikita StrogalevComputer Science
Oguz UyarSport & Recreation Management
Justin VincentBusiness Administration
Trey WheelerGeneral Business
Cam WooleyMarketing


Kiara BrownGeneral Studies
Magdaline CampoMarketing
Amaka EzukanmaBiological Sciences
Dejah FullerKinesiology & Sport Studies
Romi Griese*Biological Sciences
Trinity Hall*Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Jenneil JacobieBiological Sciences
Veronika KramarenkoSport & Recreation Management
Bre’Anna LacyKinesiology & Sport Studies
Charidee MorganKinesiology & Sport Studies
Danielle NicholsonNursing
Emma NixSport & Recreation Management
Goodness OkohPublic Health
Cassandra Rendon*Wildlife & Conservation Science
Leah PettisPsychology
Analice PursleyMarketing
Kiara ReynoldsKinesiology & Sport Studies
Celeste Sela*Kinesiology & Sport Studies
De’Maya StokesPublic Health
Tamara SusaHealth Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Mya WomackPublic Health


Essence AllenBusiness Administration
Millie Allgood*Biological Sciences
Fiona Arnold*General Studies
Deja BenjaminSport & Recreation Management
Taylor Borden*Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Kaitlyn Breland*Public Health
Brandi Connally*Animal Science
Breann Connally*Animal Science
Reese Fetty*Communication Studies
Yasmin FigueiredoKinesiology & Sport Studies
Martyna Lewinska*Biological Sciences
Peyton PlantGeneral Studies
Jade SmithKinesiology & Sport Studies
Carley SpachmanMarketing
Kitana TuufuliSport & Recreation Management
Avery WilksKinesiology & Sport Studies


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