SPARTANBURG, S.C. (May 4, 2017) – The National Collegiate Athletics Association announced the 2017 Public Recognition Awards this week with four East Tennessee State teams earning the special public recognition.
Both ETSU men’s and women’s golf along with men’s tennis and volleyball earned NCAA APR recognition. It’s the third straight year in which ETSU Volleyball and men’s golf have earned the APR recognition.
“I am so proud of our student-athletes. When you consider that both our men’s and women programs are currently leading the Southern Conference in the Commissioner’s Cup rankings and the Germann Cup rankings and couple that with leading the conference in Public Recognition Awards by the NCAA for APR success, it becomes apparent ETSU student-athletes are living our mantra of Excellence Every Day.” said director of intercollegiate athletics Dr. Richard Sander. “Sometimes we forget to celebrate victories, but this recognition is a victory for ETSU, our student-athletes and the entire ETSU family should take great satisfaction and pride in these achievements.”
ETSU along with Chattanooga led the Southern Conference with four teams honored while overall nine SoCon men’s programs across six different sports earned the award while 13 women’s programs were honored.
The award is given to athletic teams ranking in the top 10 percent of Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores within Division I in their respective sports. The most recent APR score is based on the scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.
The recognition awards are part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and are intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APR’s within their respective sport.