June 10, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - After a historic 2013 season on the field, the Coastal Carolina football program received an award for its success in the classroom Monday at the annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention.
Brian Hutchinson, president of the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA), presented Coastal Carolina interim director of athletics Matt Hogue with an Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award as the Chanticleers achieved the highest single-year APR among the Big South Conference football programs with a 963 for the 2012-2013 year - a 17-point improvement from the previous year.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member colleges and universities adopted a comprehensive academic reform package designed to improve the academic success and graduation of all student-athletes. The centerpiece of the package is the academic measurement for teams, known as the APR.
Coastal football's APR stands to improve once again next season. Of this past year's 19-member senior class, a total of 17 received their degrees from Coastal Carolina University, and all 19 are in good academic standing. Furthermore, four Chanticleers who will complete their eligibility this coming fall - Mo Ashley, Cody Craig, Chad Hamilton and Pernell Williams - graduated this past spring.
The Chanticleers posted a school and Big South-record 12 wins in 2013 and won a Big South title for the second consecutive season - sixth time in the program's 11-year history. Coastal reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Football Championship and finished the season ranked seventh in the national polls.