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Six Hall Programs Repeat as Recipients of NCAA APR Public Recognition Award

April 13, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- For the second consecutive year, six Seton Hall University Athletics varsity programs have received public recognition from the NCAA for posting a multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) in top 10 percent of their respective sports, the NCAA announced Wednesday as part of its NCAA Div. I Academic Performance Program. The same six programs repeated from last year as Seton Hall's baseball, men's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, softball and women's tennis teams all received the public recognition honor.

For the women's golf, softball and women's tennis teams, this is the fourth consecutive year that the programs have achieved public recognition status. This is the third straight public recognition for the baseball team. Men's basketball and women's cross country each now have two public recognitions. The men's basketball team was one of only four basketball programs in the Metropolitan New York area to be recognized.

"The recognition our six programs have received from the NCAA is the latest in a wonderful line of proud academic achievements we have grown to expect from our student-athletes," Seton Hall Vice President and Director of Athletics & Recreation Pat Lyons said. "We are always committed to the growth and well-being of our student-athletes, and we strive to put them in the best possible position to achieve their goals. They continually respond to the nurturing and guidance they receive from our terrific coaches and academic support staff with bigger and brighter success in everything that they do."

"The public recognition awards are another banner achievement for our student-athletes, and it does not come as a surprise to us because of their consistent commitment to excellence in the classroom," Director of Academic Support Services Matt Geibel said. "Particularly, we are very impressed with the diversity of this group of award-winning teams as it provides a great snapshot of how successful both our male and our female student-athletes are in their studies across all our sports. With these awards, our record-breaking grade-point average and our growing list of Dean's List honorees, our student-athletes continue to show that the sky is the limit."

Seton Hall's six public recognition award recipients were among a select group in Div. I. Baseball was one of only 37 schools on the list; men's basketball one of only 35 schools; women's cross country one of 88 schools; women's golf one of 111 schools; softball one of only 30 schools; and women's tennis one of 108 schools.

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.

Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced April 20. APRs released this year will be based on scores from the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

Seton Hall's excellence in the classroom is evidenced by the department's commitment to resources and the student-athletes' commitment to placing a high value on their education. Seton Hall supports its student-athletes with outstanding mentoring and tutoring, led by the Academic Support Services staff, and offers its student-athletes a state-of-the-art learning environment in the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center for Excellence, which was built less than two years ago and offers a main study area, group meeting spaces and private tutoring rooms.

The Pirates have responded with once again breaking a department record for highest grade-point averages. After the Fall 2015 semester, Seton Hall student-athletes had an all-time high 3.353 cumulative GPA, which came after achieving a 3.380 GPA as a collective during the fall. Individually, 141 Pirates, or 58 percent of the student-athlete population, earned Dean's List recognition.