2010 Annual Report - Phoenix Athletics

Elon softball captures first-ever SoCon crown

The Phoenix softball squad won its first Southern Conference tournament title in May when they defeated UNC-Greensboro (6-3). With that victory, the team became the first Elon women’s team to win a conference championship since 1999, when women’s soccer took home the Big South title. Phoenix softball also became the first Elon women’s sport to claim a SoCon championship since the university joined the conference in 2003–04. By virtue of their SoCon title, the Phoenix earned the university’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament, competing in the Athens (Ga.) Regional.

Elon places 31 on spring Academic All-SoCon Team

Thirty one Elon student-athletes were among a total of 318 that made it into the Southern Conference’s 2010 spring Academic All-Southern Conference Team. To be eligible, student-athletes must possess at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA entering the spring season and had to compete in at least one-half of their team's competitions during the recently-concluded spring campaign. In addition, student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.

Fourteen members of the Elon's track and field squad made the team. The Phoenix women's tennis team had four representatives while the baseball, men's golf and softball squads all placed three on the team. Men's tennis and men's golf had two honorees each.

Four Phoenix teams earn NCAA Academic Awards

The Elon University men’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf and volleyball teams are among the NCAA Division I teams receiving public recognition awards for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. The NCAA recognized 841 teams with the NCAA Public Recognition Award, an award given annually to those teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs.

Phoenix football concludes season in top 10

For the first time since moving to NCAA Division I play 11 seasons ago, the Elon Phoenix football squad found itself ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation in the final polls. In the season-ending ratings issued by The Sports Network and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) coaches, the Phoenix ranked ninth and 10th, respectively. Following the 2008 season, the Phoenix ranked 17th in The Sports Network poll and 19th in the coaches ratings.

The program also had three players recognized on SouthernPigskin.com's SoCon All-Decade Team. The team is comprised of players who played between 2000-2009. Representing Elon were wide receiver Terrell Hudgins (2006-09), linebacker Chad Nkang (2003-06) and kicker Andrew Wilcox (2005-08).