Wednesday May 20, 2015

High Scorers

Seven University of Dayton athletic programs — baseball, football, men's golf, women's cross country, women's golf, women's tennis and women's track — earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for earning multi-year Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of their sport.

For the fourth-consecutive year, the Flyers led all Ohio colleges and universities. 

University of Dayton football, men's golf and women's golf have earned the award all 10 the NCAA has had it. In football, only Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Duke, Pennsylvania and Yale have duplicated that feat. Only Dayton and Dartmouth has had both of its golf teams earn the award all 10 years.

Men's and women's basketball, men's cross country and rowing have received the award at least five times. Women’s tennis has won the award four straight years.

On the conference level, Dayton tied for third in the Atlantic 10 Conference with five of its teams in the league earning award. Dayton football was one of two programs honored from the Pioneer Football League. 

The scores required to be in the top 10 percent ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport. The NCAA publicly recognized 1,124 teams; a record 953 teams earned public recognition with a perfect APR score.

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. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from 2010-11, 2011-2012, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

The NCAA will announce multi-year APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, May 27. 

For more information, contact Doug Hauschild in the athletics communications office at 937-229-4390.