Coughlin and Binkowski Named Academic All-District

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its 2008 ESPN The Magazine/Academic All-District III Team for women's soccer today (Oct. 30). Two Georgia College & State University players, senior Beth Coughlin (Douglasville, Ga.) and sophomore Jessica Binkowski (Cumming, Ga.), received the prestigious honor.

A 2007 Academic All-American, Coughlin was named to the first team, while Binkowski made the third team, the first such award for her. All-time there have been just four Georgia College soccer student-athletes named Academic All-District.

The first Academic All-American in program history, Coughlin earned first team district status this season with a 3.82 GPA in nursing with a minor in Spanish. She will move on to the Academic All-America ballot, with voting results released Nov. 18.

Binkowski made third team accolades, posting a 3.89 GPA in biology.

Armstrong Atlantic State University also put two members on the three teams, the only other Peach Belt Conference (PBC) school with honors.

Criteria involved for being nominated include being a starter or an important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The student-athlete must also have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

The No. 21 Bobcats finish up the regular season Saturday, Nov. 1 at No. 4 Columbus State University.

The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.