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Bobcats are raising the bar academically

Posted: Sunday, Dec 9th, 2012

BUCKHANNON — The new men’s basketball coach and new athletic director at West Virginia Wesleyan College have similar goals when it comes to recruiting student-athletes for the private institution in Buckhannon — they want students who can perform well both on the court and in the classroom.

Coach Patrick Beilein and AD Randy Tenney — who is also Wesleyan’s baseball coach — discussed their priorities at Tuesday’s Buckhannon Rotary Club meeting.

This week, Tenney announced plans to implement a new policy: incoming freshman can only receive athletic aid if they have a 2.5 grade point average in high school, while transfer students must hold a 2.3 transferrable GPA.

“I want to raise the bar academically,” he said. “I believe we can have a perfect marriage between athletics and academics.”

“My goal as the director of athletics is much the same as all athletic directors — to have successful, winning teams. Where I differ is I don’t believe in the philosophy that as long as you win, nothing else matters. To me, graduating student athletes matters. To me, graduating student athletes that become contributing, solid citizens out in society, matters. That’s why I’m doing as much as I can to surround myself with coaches who believe that philosophy.”

Beilein was one of the first coaches Tenney talked to about his plan.

“He said without hesitation, ‘I’m totally in support of it, because that is exactly the profile of student that I am going to be recruiting,’” Tenney said.

Tenney also took time to thank Rotary members and the community for their support of Bobcat athletics.

For the complete article see the 12-07-2012 issue.

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