November 13, 2007

Three SHU Teams Receive NCAA Public Recognition Awards

Nov. 13, 2007

Fairfield, CT - The Sacred Heart men's ice hockey, men's volleyball and women's rowing teams each recently received NCAA Public Recognition Awards. This award is given to those teams that have an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.

NCAA president Myles Brand offered his congratulations to the head coaches of each of the teams: Shaun Hannah, C.J. Emanuelson and John Turner. "As the head coach, you play a critical role in helping your student-athletes achieve their athletic and academic goals," Brand said in a statement. "The academic success of your team demonstrates your commitment to putting the student-athlete first. Your teams and student-athletes have demonstrated their commitment in the classroom and in their sport and are setting a great example for all students."

Sacred Heart was one of only two schools from Atlantic Hockey to be honored with the Public Recognition Award. Holy Cross was the second. The Crusaders and the Pioneers join Brown, Harvard, Rensselaer and Yale as the only six Ice Hockey schools to be honored. The Pioneer men's volleyball team was one of two EIVA teams to receive the award, with Harvard being the other.

"The focused effort of our student-athletes, combined with the dedicated support and encouragement of our coaches and academic support staff is the reason we are able to reach such high academic levels" says Don Cook, SHU Director of Athletics. "There is no secret to academic success. It's called hard work, and attention to priorities. It's the overarching goal of the intercollegiate athletics program. Without academic success, athletics is a meaningless, empty entity in the life of the University."

The APR examines academic success on a more real-time basis. One point is awarded each term to each scholarship student-athlete who meets academic-eligibility standards and an additional point is awarded if they remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible. A cutoff score of 925 corresponds to an anticipated graduation-rate of about 50%.