POSTED: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 10:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Southern women's tennis is among 954 teams recognized by the NCAA Thursday for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate.
The NCAA annually honors teams earning multiyear Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
"We've had a lot of great academic teams in the past and today signifies that hard work paying off," said head coach Jeff Conyers. "Being honored by the NCAA with this award is a major accomplishment for the Jaguar tennis program."
"It's definitely a great honor."
Widely respected for both their athletic and academic prowess, women's tennis bolstered a 1000 APR score during the 2010-11 academic year. The Lady Jaguars also claimed the 2011 SWAC Tennis Championship during the 2010-11 term.
"We concentrate, within the athletics department and the Jaguar tennis program, on brining in a solid student-athlete who is not only trying to win championships on the tennis court, but excell in the classroom," said Conyers.
The Lady Jaguars 2010-11 APR cohort included Lois Alexis, Lisbeth Castaneda, Kathryn Curtis, Jovanna Gaines, Carlista Mohammed, and Demetria Woods.
Women's tennis becomes only the second sports program at Southern to receive the NCAA's Public Recognition Award in seven years of the NCAA's academic reform program. Women's golf garnered the academic honor during the 2004-05 academic year.
"I'm proud of the success that Coach Conyers' squad has demonstrated on and off the court at SU," said Dr. Will Broussard, director of athletics. "Coach Conyers is an exemplar for the SWAC and the women's tennis team sets a high standard for the athletic department and the entire campus."
Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.
"These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in an official release, "The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete."
Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).
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 June 20.