You can do both, excel at athletics and excel academically. Both excellence and success are subjective, but it if you strive to do both you are bound to have conflicts especially if athlete’s are learning life’s lessons. The coaches who only cares if a kid is doing enough to pass classes is not teaching his athlete what he expects on the field of play. Those coaches need to be driven from the scholastic ranks, they don’t belong. If you want excellence you expect it in all areas of an athlete’s development.