ATLANTA, Ga. - In the ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the league that have excelled in the classroom and taken a Students First mentality during their time as a student-athlete. Throughout the year, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomize the conference's beam of Students First.
Jaci Hodskins, who holds a 4.00 GPA as a double major in Accounting and Sport Finance, just completed her senior softball season at Jacksonville University. The Niceville, Fla., native is a three-time honoree on both the ASUN Honor Roll and NFCA Scholar-Athlete Team. Off the field, she has an active role in ASUN SAAC serving as the Secretary for the past 18 months and has also spent time as a peer tutor and earned the FBI Honors Internship. Additionally, Hodskins is a Green Key Honor Society Scholar and was named a Davis College of Business Student Ambassador at JU.
"I think as student-athletes a lot of people get focused on being here for the athletic part," Hodskins said. "But, to me, academics are more important than my athletic performance on the field and it's something I strive day in and day out to make sure they do stay a priority. My academics will get me further in life."
"Jaci is a phenomenal student," Lauren Cevis, JU Deputy AD/SWA added. "Her GPA is well above 3.80. To speak to her academically, she's about her business. She goes to class and meets with her faculty members one-on-one. Faculty members actually know who she is and they absolutely love her."
"Jaci is incredibly disciplined and probably the most disciplined student-athlete I've ever been around," said her coach Erica Ayers. "Her ability to accomplish so many tasks, juggle so many things and not slide in any area."
Next year, Hodskins returns for her senior season after suffering a season-ending injury four games into the 2019 campaign. Currently enrolled in graduate school at Jacksonville, Jaci has played in 87 games (40 starts) over her career with an on-base percentage of .301 and a .985 fielding percentage during that span.
"I think one of the greatest challenges of being a student-athlete is finding time to balance," mentioned Hodskins. "It's about prioritizing. You're here for two reasons and that's to be a student and an athlete, then everything else comes after that."