Dec. 2, 2006
Each year a select number of student-athletes are selected to be members of the Academic All-America First Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The national honor is based on excellence in academics as well as excellence in athletics. Only athletes who have made a significant contribution to their respective teams are eligible regardless of their grade-point average.
The 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team for baseball included former Lipscomb University first baseman Ryan Mitchell. He is the first student-athlete from Lipscomb to receive this national recognition for academics in the NCAA era.
Mitchell, from Andalusia, Ala., was also named to the District IV All-Academic First Team, making him eligible for the national honor.
Also a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team, Mitchell is a senior with a 4.0 grade-point average in Biology with a minor in chemistry.
He led the Bisons in hitting with a .341 average and was second in the team in home runs, doubles and slugging percentage. He also had a .988 fielding percentage and was named the 2006 Most Valuable Offensive Player for the Bisons.
Mitchell received his awards at half-time of the Bisons game with North Florida from Dr. Steve Potts, Lipscomb athletic director, and Professor Jon Lorance, Mitchell's faculty advisor.