May 7, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – For the second straight year, a record five Seton Hall athletic programs were honored with the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for posting a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top-10 percent of their sport. Seton Hall’s baseball team was recognized for the first time joining the Pirates women’s golf, softball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball programs on this year’s list.
The NCAA made its public recognition announcement on Wednesday. It was the fifth straight year that the women’s volleyball team was honored. Softball received its second consecutive award and third all-time, while women’s golf and women’s tennis were recognized for the second time.
“This is a tremendous honor that reflects our deep commitment to the academic success of our student-athletes, and it is a testament to their dedication inside the classroom,” said Director of Athletics Patrick Lyons. “To have four of these five programs repeat as honorees displays the consistency of our academic achievements in recent years, which has contributed to the highest cumulative grade point average of student-athletes in school history. These successes can also be attributed to a highly committed Academic Support Services staff, as well as the new resources available to our student-athletes with the recent opening of the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center for Excellence.”
“Once again our teams continue to impress us,” said Director of Academic Support Services Matthew Geibel. “We are thrilled to have more than one-third of our athletic programs recognized nationally for their academic excellence. This is a result of the hard work put in by our student-athletes and the support of the entire University.”
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 rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
Full multi-year APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 14. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
The 1,049 teams publicly recognized represent 631 women’s programs and 418 men’s or mixed squads, an increase from the 976 teams recognized in 2013. A total of 275 Division I schools placed at least one team on the top APR list.
“Each year, more and more teams are achieving perfect APR scores,” said NCAA president Mark Emmert. “We are proud of our member schools’ commitment to providing tremendous opportunities for student-athletes so they can succeed on the field, in the classroom, and in life.”
The Seton Hall Athletic Department unveiled the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center for Excellence in the fall, which is a cornerstone to the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund’s Pride & Excellence Campaign. The newly constructed space doubled the size of the previous academic center and created a state-of-the-art environment to enhance opportunities for academic and personal development of student-athletes. It features a main study area, group meeting spaces, private tutoring rooms and offices for the department’s full-time Academic Support Services staff.
A former Pirate baseball player, coach and administrator, Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Famer Charles Doehler remained a lifelong supporter of the Pirates. Doehler served as a mentor to countless student-athletes throughout the years and the Academic Center for Excellence stands as a tribute to his, and Seton Hall’s commitment to the success of its student-athletes.
For more information on the Pride & Excellence Campaign and naming opportunities within the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center for Excellence, please contact the Pirate Blue office at 973-275-2202.