Rene Coggins (ACC, FIN, HRM) finished her NAU basketball career with second Academic All-American honors. In an article posted on NAU News March 30, 2017, her myriad of accomplishments were outlined from an academic and athletic career few have touched at Norther Arizona University. Chris Drake, her academic advisor in the FCB, was honored to have worked with Coggins to help develop a course load that facilitated Coggins’ otherwise high-demand time commitments.
“For Northern Arizona University student Rene Coggins, balancing three majors in the Honors College and being a Division I basketball player is just part of her daily routine.
Coggins has balanced those academic and athletic demands so well, she recently became the first two-time College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American in NAU women’s basketball history. Coggins is the second player in program history to earn that distinction even once—Tracy Barnes was the first in 1987. Earning more than one Academic All-American honor is so rare, Coggins is only the ninth NAU student-athlete across all sports to receive two or more.
…She also is a four-time Big Sky Conference All-Academic honoree and a four-time recipient of the NAU Golden Eagle Scholar Athlete Award.
…Perhaps it should come as no surprise that even with a triple major, Coggins has carried a 4.0 GPA.
…Chris Drake, coordinator in the Office of Academic Services in The W. A. Franke College of Business, is Coggins’ academic adviser.
‘Rene is my rock star,’ she said. ‘I always call her that when she comes in. She encompasses everything you want as a student, and then you add that athlete piece to it and she’s just phenomenal.’
In the 12 years Drake has been an academic adviser at NAU, she said she has never seen a student-athlete do what Coggins has done.
‘I use her a lot as an example to my incoming students of how you can set your bar high and as long as you have the determination and motivation to do it, it’ll happen.’
…Along with managing her academic demands, Coggins also had the demands of being a key member of the Lumberjack women’s basketball team. She started 100 of her 113 career games, and only 10 players in NAU women’s basketball history played in more games than she did.
…Drake said now that Coggins’ basketball eligibility has been exhausted, the schedule allows her to focus on just being student for her final year at NAU before graduating in May 2018.
…she works hard every day to stay committed to her long-term life goals—playing women’s professional basketball. However, when her playing days are over, she said she wants to use her degrees from NAU to work her way up the ladder on the technical side of a world-wide hotel chain with hopes of becoming a chief financial officer.
She also is looking much further down the road in her life.
…’I would love to retire early and own my own really small, boutique hotel,’ [Coggins] said. ‘I just love making people happy and you get to experience that in a setting where you know each guest.’
‘It would be great to have that on a beach,’ she added with a laugh.”
Coggins was also honored as the Golden Eagle Scholar Athletes of the Year on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 during the 39th annual Golden Eagle Awards luncheon at the High Country Conference Center.