This is the first of a five-part series compiled by the Sports Communications Office to document and remember the 2010-11 school year. Today's first list is 30 highlights from the athletics department and the teams' combined accomplishments.
Tomorrow, we highlight the Top 25 Games and events from the year. That will be followed by the top individual accomplishments, the top statistical achievements and a By The Numbers list from the year.
Enjoy the memories.
TOP 30 ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 2010-11
1. 42 student-athletes completed degrees at Georgia State during 2010-11.
2. Inaugural Football Season finished with a winning record of 6-5 as the support of fans ranked No. 10 among FCS schools with 16,750 average attendance at the George Dome.
3. Softball team won CAA Championship and earned second NCAA bid in school softball history.
4. Women's track team won CAA Championship, first in school history, with six individuals going on to earn NCAA bids.
5. Women's tennis team advanced to CAA Championship match and posted second-best winning percentage in school history (15-4, .789).
6. Women's golf team finished as runner-up at CAA Championships with the individual CAA Champion plus an individual NCAA Regional qualifier.
7. Baseball team had best regular season record in school history (37-19) and qualified as one of four teams to CAA Tournament for third consecutive year.
8. Women's soccer team earned one of four CAA Tournament spots for first time in school history with 12-7-2 season, its best since 2003.
9. Men's tennis team advanced to CAA Final Four and posted most wins in school history (21-6).
10. Women's tennis finished the year ranked No. 55 in ITA national rankings.
11. Men's tennis team finished the year ranked No. 68 in ITA national rankings.
12. Women's golf team finished the year ranked No. 75 in national rankings and was as high as No. 55 during the season.
13. Women's soccer team ranked No. 7 in regional poll during season, highest ever in school history.
14. Baseball team received votes in ESPN/USA Today national poll three times and NCBWA seven times during the season and was in Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
15. Volleyball posted most wins since joining the CAA (8) and finished 14-14 as the only team to defeat the No. 1 team in regular season in the CAA. Volleyball posted a 10-2 mark at home.
16. Men's soccer team earned its best record since joining the CAA with 7-7-3 overall report card and defeated a CAA team that won a first round match in NCAA tournament.
17. Teams combined to post 3.0 GPA both semesters and had fifth and sixth consecutive semesters with cumulative GPA's 3.0 or better. A total of 288 student-athletes earned academic honors, including 52 who achieved President's List status, GSU's highest honor.
18. Student-athletes combine to shatter the school record for community service volunteer hours with more than 5,400 total hours served.
19. GSU ran a clean program with no NCAA major violations. Men's soccer was a Top 10 percent APR honor team and four teams had perfect scores in 2009-10 (baseball, men's basketball, men's golf, women's tennis).
20. Softball won 15 consecutive CAA games, best in a single season in CAA history, and one game behind Hofstra's 16-game streak over two seasons.
21. Baseball set a school record with 11 straight wins and got 20 wins in 24 games, the fastest start in school history.
22. Women's tennis had its best start in school history with perfect 9-0 start.
23. Softball's 36 wins were eighth most in school history and was the 17th 30-win season in the 27 years, with winning marks at home, on the road and at neutral sites.
24. Men's tennis achieved a 12-1 home record that was best in school history.
25. Donor giving tripled the previous best total in school history, was 50 percent more than the previous best in annual giving and 50 percent more annual donors than in any previous year.
26. Facility construction and improvements were significant. The Football Practice Complex fields opened for practices and the indoor complex will be completed this summer. The Sports Arena added student end zone seating with new graphic and aesthetic improvements to the overall building. Panthersville field playing surfaces and facilities for baseball, softball and soccer were all improved.
27. A Strategic Plan for athletics and each department was developed and implemented, as well as master plans for facilities for the future.
28. Men's basketball won CAA tournament opening game, won a regular season tournament (Dr Pepper Classic) and beat the team that went on to the Final Four (VCU).
29. Women's basketball won CAA tournament opening game, defeated two teams ranked in the top-25 mid-major poll (one that was tied for first place in CAA), had first three-game win streak in CAA games, and won 500th game in school history.
30. Football team increased school recognition on the national map. Football was featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine and had a running piece in each issue leading up to inaugural game... Played on national TV game on ESPN... Featured on cover of Atlanta magazine, GSU magazine, and in regional and national newspapers and sports publications all year...AJC included GSU as part of the Big Three with UGA and Tech for the first time in their coverage.