Coggins Becomes First Two-Time Women's Hoops Academic All-American

Rene Coggins
Rene Coggins

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Rene Coggins' 'A' game – both on and off the court – received its deserved recognition on Thursday as the senior point guard was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Coggins was voted to the Academic All-America Second Team after being honored on the Third Team a year ago.

With her selection, she became the first two-time Academic All-American in program history and just the ninth NAU student-athlete across all sports to receive multiple honors. Tracey Barnes, in 1987, remains the only other Lumberjack women's basketball play to be selected as an Academic All-American once.

The College Sports Information Directors of America recognized Coggins – just five days after becoming the 15th player in school history to join the 1,000 point club – for her flawless academic work. She owns a 4.00 cumulative grade point average and as a triple major in accounting, finance and hotel & restaurant management.

She was automatically eligible for the All-American ballot after being selected to the Academic All-District 8 First Team for the second straight season. The four-year team captain from Mesa, Ariz. studies in the NAU Honors College and will receive her fourth Big Sky All-Academic and Golden Eagle Scholar Athlete awards later this semester.

Of the 15 players across the country honored on the All-America First, Second and Third Teams, Coggins is one of four with at least a 4.00 grade point average. She is the only triple major among the honorees and the only player from the Big Sky Conference.

In her final season, Coggins is the Lumberjacks' second-leading scorer at 11.6 points per game. She has made a team-high 56 three-pointers – a career-best number that is the sixth-highest single season total in school history – while leading the Big Sky in minutes played per game at 35.7. Coggins is one of two Lumberjacks to start every game this season to date.