Sept. 30, 2011
CONWAY - NCSA (National Collegiate Scouting Association) Athletic Recruiting announced Coastal Carolina University is ranked 69th among NCAA Division I universities in its Ninth Annual Power Rankings. In addition, Coastal Carolina is the only Big South Conference member to make the top 100.
NCSA Athletic Recruiting's Collegiate 2011 Power Rankings assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. The Power Rankings were developed to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels.
"We are committed to developing 'Champions for Life' at Coastal Carolina University," said Chanticleer Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek. "Being on this list reinforces that we are on the right path by providing our student-athletes with the opportunity for a first-class education and the opportunity to both compete and succeed in their respective athletic venues on a national level."
Last year, Coastal Carolina had its baseball, football, men's soccer, men's golf and women's golf program all earn berths to the NCAA postseason as well as having individuals on the men's and women's outdoor track and field teams qualify for nationals. Of that group, the women's golf program advanced to the NCAA Championship, becoming the Big South's first women's golf team to do so, while Sebastian Soderberg of the men's golf program reached the NCAA Championship. In addition to the NCAA berths, the Chanticleer baseball, football, men's soccer, women's golf, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's outdoor track and field and women's tennis programs each won Big South championships.
Academically, Coastal Carolina student-athletes had a cumulative grade point average of 3.01 through the spring 2011 semester, 84 student-athletes graduated during 2010-11 and 205 student-athletes posted at least a 3.0 GPA for the 2010-11 academic year. In the fall of 2010, 34 student-athletes posted a perfect 4.0, while a total of 139 earned Dean's List honors (3.5 GPA). In the spring of 2011, 32 student-athletes earned a 4.0 GPA and a total of 96 earned Dean's List recognition.
The men's and women's cross country teams, the men's and women's soccer teams, the men's and women's golf teams and the men's tennis team were all recognized by their respective coaches associations for excellence in academics, while the volleyball program was publically recognized by the NCAA for having a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR).
Individually, Katie White (women's basketball) earned the Big South's Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence, graduating with a 4.0 in accounting. She and Chelsy Kimes (volleyball) were named their respective sports' Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Big South and Sierrah Oates (track and field) was one of 13 student-athletes across the nation to earn an NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship.
"The Power Rankings are an objective tool to empower student-athletes to find the right fit in a college or university, not only for its athletics, but academics as well," says Chris Krause, CEO and Founder of NCSA Athletic Recruiting. "Our hope is to educate these student-athletes and their parents on the importance of evaluating schools that will provide the education for an enriched, successful career after college, in addition to athletic success." Krause said.
The Collegiate Power Rankings from NCSA Athletic Recruiting are calculated for each Division I, II and III college and university by averaging student-athlete graduation rates, academic rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report, and the strength of athletic departments as determined by the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
These Power Rankings are only one example of NCSA Athletic Recruiting's commitment to redefining collegiate recruiting. As the leading athletic recruiting network, NCSA connects more than 35,000 college coaches with student-athletes who hope to pursue both higher education and the chance to compete in athletics at the college level.