Three Pioneer Teams Singled Out by NCAA For Academic Performance

April 24, 2008

FAIRFIELD, CT - Three Sacred Heart University teams are included in the 19 teams, representing eight institutions, in the Northeast Conference recognized by the NCAA in their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. The three SHU teams singled out were men's ice hockey, men's volleyball and women's rowing.

A year ago, a total of 18 teams from seven NEC schools were honored.

The 712 teams receiving awards this year represent 192 Division I institutions, or nearly 60 percent of the Division I membership. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000 over the data collection period.

"Congratulations to these teams and their student-athletes for success in the classroom," NCAA President Myles Brand said. "They are setting a great example for their peers and future student-athletes, as well."

The effort is part of a public-recognition program the Division I Board of Directors approved in January 2006.

The teams recognized this year represent 11.4 percent of the 6,272 Division I teams. The list includes 401 women's teams and 311 men's or mixed squads.

By sport, women's tennis featured the most teams (46), followed by women's volleyball (41) and women's golf (39). The men's sport with the highest number of teams were basketball and cross country (both with 33) and golf (32). This is the first year that basketball led men's sports.

Last year, a total of 839 teams were recognized. There are fewer awards this year than last year because there are fewer teams with perfect scores. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on how many achieved perfect 1,000 APR scores. In some sports, teams had to maintain a perfect score over the four-year period in order to be recognized.

Multi-year APR scores for all 6,272 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 6. The announcement also will include immediate and historically based penalties for low-performing teams.

NCAA Public Recognition Awards

Long Island University Women's Cross Country Women's Golf Women's Indoor Track Women's Outdoor Track

Monmouth University Women's Basketball Women's Golf Women's Tennis

Mount St. Mary's University Baseball Women's Tennis

Quinnipiac University Baseball Women's Basketball

Robert Morris University Men's Tennis Women's Rowing Softball

Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey Men's Volleyball Women's Rowing

St. Francis College (NY) Women's Water Polo

Wagner College Softball