Softball - Tue, Oct. 21, 2008
Starkville, Miss. - The 2007-08 Saint Xavier University softball team was ranked No. 5 overall with a team grade-point average (GPA) of 3.450 when the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) recently released its girls got game Top Ten All-Academic Teams from its national headquarters in Starkville, Miss. Through this program, the NFCA honors high school and collegiate softball teams for their success in the classroom. The recognized teams are drawn from six membership categories, including the NAIA and NCAA Divisions I, II, and III.

Finishing atop the NAIA Top 10 was Evangel University (Mo.) with a team GPA of 3.636. From the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), the Cougars were joined by Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). ONU finished No. 7 overall with a team grade-point average of 3.406.

The NFCA is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play. The idea for a softball coaching association first developed from discussions at the National Collegiate Women's Softball Championships in the early 1980s. Although mostly collegiate coaches comprised the organization's membership in the early days, high school and travel ball/club coaches, umpires, as well as other fans of fastpitch softball join today's college coaches. In 1997, the Association's membership reached the 2,000 mark, and today there are more than 4,100 members.