Three MSU teams earn public APR recognition

Times Staff Report

May 8, 2014

MOREHEAD - The Morehead State University volleyball, women’s golf and women’s track & field programs have 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 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.

These programs rank in the top 10 percent of all Division I sports teams during the four-year cohort. Morehead State was one of two volleyball, two women’s track & field and five women’s golf programs to be publicly recognized for the past school year.

“Our volleyball, women’s golf and women’s track & 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.”

All three programs earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0-or-better during the fall semester. Volleyball had eight individuals with perfect 4.0 GPAs, while women’s track & field had five and women’s golf had four.

Volleyball has won six consecutive team academic awards from the conference office and American Volleyball Coaches Association. This also marks the third consecutive year the program has earned public APR recognition.

“We take pride in having well-rounded student-athletes,” MSU 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.”

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.

“We are very proud of our student-athletes,” MSU Women’s Golf Coach Stephanie Barker said. “They succeed on the course, in the classroom and in our communities. They aspire to compete for championships while also obtaining their degrees. Our APR is a nice reflection of the numerous high quality student-athletes we work with at Morehead State.”

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 they have worked hard to improve both athletically and academically,” MSU Track & Field Coach Brent Ericksen said. “This is a great honor for our women’s squad. It reminds me that we have well-rounded young ladies in our program.”