SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University had a record 11 teams earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards as the NCAA recognized 1,049 teams for high academic achievement.
Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate, these teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.
There were 631 women’s teams and 418 men’s or mixed squads. In 2013, 976 teams were recognized. The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top 10 teams earning a perfect APR.
Gonzaga women’s golf, which tees off Thursday in the NCAA Regional in Cle Elum, Wash., made its ninth appearance on the list in as many years of the award and one of 146 teams that have been recognized every year since the inception of the award. Men’s soccer received its sixth straight award. Men’s cross country, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track, women’s outdoor track, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball were the other Gonzaga sports recognized.
Gonzaga’s 11 recognized teams was the most of any West Coast Conference school.
A total of 54 Bulldog teams have been recognized in the history of the awards, with eight teams recognized for both the 2008-09 and 2004-05 reporting periods.
“Each year, more and more teams are achieving perfect APR scores,” said NCAA president Mark Emmert. “We are proud of our member schools’ commitment to providing tremendous opportunities for student-athletes so they can succeed on the field, in the classroom, and in life.”
A total of 275 Division I schools (and seven in other divisions who have a sport competing in Division I) placed at least one team on the top APR list, up 19 from last year.
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.
APRs for all Division I teams will be released May 14. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance.