Two USD teams earn NCAA APR Recognition Awards

Two University of South Dakota athletic teams have been honored by the NCAA with APR Public Recognition for the 2010-11 academic year. The awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR).

Both the Coyote men's golf and women's tennis programs earned a perfect 1,000 APR scores.

"We are honored to receive this award for a second straight year," Coyote head women's tennis coach Malcolm Gilreath said. "It shows the consistency and the academic integrity of our program."

Overall in NCAA Division I, there were 954 sports team who were honored for earning Public Recognition Awards, including 560 women's teams and 394 men's or mixed squads.

In addition, a total of 263 schools, out of 347 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. The minimum required APR score for any sport is 930.

"We stress that it's just as important to succeed in the classroom as it is on the course," head men's golf coach Nick Hovden said. "We take great pride knowing that our players can balance the demanding schedule of being a Division I student-athlete and also staying ahead of their classwork."

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

Top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.

The NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team through its innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement.

The Coyotes had seven additional teams higher than a 978 in 2010-11, including softball (988), women's cross country, women's indoor track and women's outdoor track (986), women's swimming (985), volleyball (982) and women's golf (981).

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