Times Staff Report
June 6, 2013
MOREHEAD - The Morehead State University volleyball, women’s tennis and women’s track and field programs has been publicly recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for a perfect multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). The NCAA’s latest study covers the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.
These programs rank in the top 10 percent of all Division I sports teams during the four-year cohort. Volleyball and track and field were the sole teams from their respective sports in the Ohio Valley Conference to be publicly recognized.
“Our volleyball, women’s tennis and women’s track and field student-athletes work diligently in the classroom to meet their goals,” MSU Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services & Senior Woman Administrator Sara Larson said. “These young women have achieved at a high level in recent years, both in the classroom and in their playing venues. I’m happy to see them earn national recognition for their academic accomplishments.”
Volleyball has won five consecutive OVC and American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Awards. This marks the second consecutive year the program has earned public APR recognition.
Women’s track and field was named an All-Academic Team by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in 2012 as the Eagles posted the fifth best team grade point average among 171 Division I teams honored. All three teams produced perfect multi-year retention rates.
“We take pride in having well-rounded student-athletes,” MSU Head Volleyball Coach Jaime Gordon said. “When we recruit players, we want to ensure they are high character individuals who can succeed in their progress toward degrees. I am proud that we have been able to maintain a high level of academic success while also competing for and winning championships on the court.”
The NCAA publicly recognizes select Division I sports teams each year by announcing their latest multi-year APR. The release is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and student-athlete retention.
“I am so proud of our team’s diligence in the classroom and their dedication on the court,” Head Tennis Coach Kevin Fulton said. “We teach a set of core values that encompasses being the total student-athlete, and these women set the precedence.”
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR takes into account eligibility, retention and graduation, and provides a full assessment of each team’s academic performance.
“I am proud of our women’s team as we have worked extremely hard to improve both athletically and academically,” Head Track and Field Coach Brent Ericksen said. “It is a great honor for our women’s team and nice example of the type of women we have on our teams.”