Department of Athletics

Southern Maine Athletics Honors 259 William B. Wise Scholar-Athletes

 GORHAM, Maine  – Two-hundred fifty nine University of Southern Maine student-athletes will be recognized for their outstanding academic achievements during the annual William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet presented by Saco Bay Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.  Moving to a virtual format for the 2020 honor, Wise Scholar-Athlete Banquet will feature student-athlete speakers Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.) of the women's ice hockey team, and Raul Gierbolini (Carolina, Puerto Rico) of the wrestling team as well as remarks from Athletic Director Al Bean, Associate Director of Athletics Kimberly Turner and University Administration. The virtual presentation will be available on Monday, December 21 (5 pm)  through the Huskies' website southernmainehuskies.com and its various social media channels.  I
            In addition to the lead sponsorship from Saco Bay Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, University Credit Union (UCU Maine) and Maine Army ROTC has given support in honoring the numerous Southern Maine student-athletes who have achieved academically during the 2019-2020 year.
            Created during the 1987-1998 academic year, the William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award is named in honor of William B. Wise, a retired USM administrator and friend of athletics.  A graduate of the University of Maine, Wise came to USM in 1966 as assistant dean of academic affairs and director of the evening college.  In the ensuing years, he served USM tirelessly in a variety of roles, including acting dean of the College of Education, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, executive assistant to the president, and executive assistant to the vice president for student affairs.
            " Our student-athletes continue to get it done in the classroom and raise their level of achievement each year.  The group's overall academic performance last year, collectively, was truly outstanding," said USM Director of Athletics Al Bean.   "Facing the challenges brought forward by Covid-19, moving to remote learning in March and staying focused was a challenge for all students.  However, moving the overall GPA needle from 3.09 the previous year to 3.22 in 2019-2020 was an incredible performance by our student-athletes.  Once again, a record number of student-athletes (259) have earned recognition as William B. Wise Scholar-Athletes and I couldn't be happier with their focus on academic achievement and the balance that our student-athletes continue to display in all facets of their lives."
            During the 2019-2020 academic year, 259 Huskies met or exceeded the criteria to receive Wise Scholar-Athlete recognition, besting the previous record of 223 student-athletes honored in 2019, marking the ninth consecutive year that the number of student-athletes earning the academic distinction has risen.  To earn William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete accolades, a Southern Maine student-athlete must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative grade point average for the fall and spring semesters, be a full-time student both semesters and be a member of varsity team for a full season.  Each of the Huskies' 22 intercollegiate programs has representation among the 259 student-athletes to be honored. READ MORE