June 5, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - The Coastal Carolina women's golf team received public recognition from the NCAA for top academic performance for their multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.
The Chanticleers, under the direction of head coach Katie Quinney, graded out to a perfect 1,000 on their multi-year APR. The most recent multi-year APRs are based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. The awards are given annually to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APR.
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.
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.
Coastal Carolina joins Campbell and Gardner-Webb as the only three programs in the Big South and South Carolina State as the only two programs in the Palmetto state to have its women's golf team ranked in the top 10 percent in the APR scores.
Women's golf turned in another superb season that culminated in a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional. The Regional appearance was Coastal's fourth in the past five seasons and fifth overall. The Chants claimed the 2013 Big South Championship in record fashion, posting a 54-hole score of 16-over 880. Moreover, the team won titles at the Purdue Mount Vintage Invitational and M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate along with winning a head-to-head match at San Francisco. The team finished the year with a program record 299.44 scoring average, besting the previous record by more than a full stroke per round.
Coastal was led on the season by senior duo Brittany Henderson and Jessica Alexander. Henderson was named the Big South Women's Golfer of the Year by the league's coaches and won her second consecutive individual medal at the conference championship, making her one of three multi-champions in conference history. Henderson closed the year with a 73.79 scoring average, ranking second on the CCU list. In addition, she became just the third women's golfer in Big South history to compete in four NCAA Regionals.
Alexander joined Henderson on the All-Big South and Big South All-Championship teams. Her season was highlighted with a Chanticleer-record 8-under 208 54-hole score as she claimed medalist honors at the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate. Alexander ended the season with a 74.38 scoring average to rank fourth on the CCU all-time list. In addition, her career scoring average of 75.27 is the second-best in Chanticleer history.
Academically, Henderson was named the Big South Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, marking the second time a Chanticleer has been honored with the award. Henderson was also selected to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District IV first team. By virtue of her first team selection, the senior is eligible to earn Academic All-America honors.
As a team the Chants shined in the classroom, posting a combined 3.603 GPA for the 2012-13 academic year. Moreover, the team was presented the Linda C. Vereen Academic Excellence Award at the Coastal Carolina Student-Athlete Excellence Awards for holding the highest team GPA of any Chanticleer team. The award was the program's fourth straight and sixth overall.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced June 11. That announcement also will include APP penalties for low-performing teams, teams subject to postseason ineligibility and head coach APRs.