Kaleb Center, Sports Information Director
COLORADO SPRINGS – The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference released its seventh annual Brechler Awards on Wednesday, naming Chadron State College football as its top program in 2018-19 for team grade point average.
The RMAC Brechler Awards recognize the conference’s top team academically in each of 22 sports. All student-athletes on the institution’s NCAA eligibility list were included in the teams’ GPA calculation for the 2018-19 academic year.
For the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters, the Eagles accumulated an average of 3.06 quality points per grade received, up and down the football roster. CSC is alone among RMAC schools in winning the football Brechler with a “B” average or greater, having won in 2013 with a 3.06 GPA and also in 2017 at 3.01. The 2017-18 Eagles earned the award with a 2.94.
Chadron State now owns four of the first seven Brechler Awards in football, including the past three consecutive prizes in the sport.
Past Brechler winners at CSC include wrestling in 2013, women’s cross country and men’s outdoor track and field in 2016, and women’s indoor track and field in 2017.
The awards are named after Paul W. Brechler, a former RMAC Commissioner from 1976 to 1990. He and wife Wanda were the first inductees into the RMAC Hall of Fame. Paul Brechler was also the former athletic director of the University of Iowa and served as Commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference.
Each team will be presented with a plaque at the 2019 RMAC Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Friday, July 12 at the Colorado Springs Marriott, where CSC Head Athletic Trainer Don Watt will also receive the Wayne Barger Athletic Trainer of the Year award. More information on the event can be found at www.RMACSPORTS.org/HOF2019.