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High Marks on the Academic Playing Field

Women varsity athletes at Rensselaer average a 3.162 GPA while the average GPA for all non-sport students is 3.067. Four of Nardiello’s players—Bauby and classmate Jill Vanis ’01 along with Susan Gonyea ’03 and Laura Feeney ’04—were selected to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District I first team. Gonyea, a civil engineering major with a 3.91 GPA, also was named to the National College Division Second Team.

Bauby is not content to rest on her athletic accomplishments, which include being named ECAC tournament MVP. The biology major also maintains a 3.65 GPA while working as a student trainer for women’s ice hockey and basketball and keeping up with a sometimes grueling six-day-a-week practice, training, and competition schedule during the soccer season. “The love of the game really motivates us all, but academics are our priority,” she says.

Off the ice, Julie Durham, who plays both forward and defense, quickly discovered “there are no ‘cake’ courses at Rensselaer. You’re a student first and an athlete second.” She did, however, manage to find the time in her packed schedule to serve as the Class of 2002 vice president in her junior year. She’ll join Exxon-Mobil’s information management division when she graduates in May.

Coach Greene got a memorable introduction to just how smart and savvy Rensselaer’s women athletes are during his interview for the basketball position last spring. At a lunch with nine players he was the target of a barrage of questions. “They really grilled me,” Greene says. “Their questions were in-depth about strategy, structure of practices, expectations, and goals.” Greene left the interview impressed with the players as very motivated and detail-oriented, knowledgeable about what they had to do to reach their goals.

His first impression was on target, Greene says. The 2001-2002 team does not have any “superstars,” he says, so unselfish teamwork becomes paramount. In a 66-64 road win Jan. 12 against William Smith, the most dominant team in the conference, the Red Hawks came from 10 points behind to tie the game and take the lead with the bench contributing 22 points. “It was a total team effort,” Greene says. “We don’t have All-Americans, but we have qualities that make up for that,” adding that unity, intelligence, and player’s faith in each other underlie the team’s ability to beat tough opponents.

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