May 8, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's golf team received public recognition from the NCAA for top academic performance for its multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores, the NCAA announced on Thursday.
The most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. These awards are given annually to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APR. Top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 977 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. By measuring eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of academic performance in each sport.
From the 2009-10 through the 2012-13 academic years, Coastal Carolina won two Big South championships (2011 and 2013) and earned berths in three NCAA Regionals (2010, 2011 and 2013), while becoming the first Big South Conference team to advance to the NCAA National Championship (2011). Moreover, during that span Jessica Alexander (2011) and Brittany Henderson (2012 and 2013) combined to win three consecutive Big South individual championships.
Academically, the team won four Linda C. Vereen Academic Excellence Awards, which represents the Coastal Carolina program with the highest combined team GPA. Individually, Henderson was recognized as the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2013 and went on to earn both CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-America awards that same season. Moreover, since the 2009-10 academic year seven Chants have earned a combined 15 All-America Scholar honors from the Women's Golf Coaches Association.
Coastal Carolina joins Campbell, Gardner-Webb and Winthrop as the only four programs in the Big South to have its women's golf team ranked in the top 10 percent in the APR scores. Women's golf has led the Big South in Public Recognition Awards for the past five seasons.
Full APR scores for all teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released May 14.