Trojans commend NCAA’s APR results

TROY, Ala (troytrojans.com)  – Troy student-athletes continued their outstanding performance in the classroom as five programs ranked among the leaders in the Sun Belt Conference in the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate numbers released this week.

All of Troy’s athletic programs were well above the NCAA’s 930 multi-year threshold and the women’s golf team posted a perfect multi-year score of 1,000 to lead the Sun Belt. The Troy baseball team’s multi-year score of 984 is the best in the Sun Belt, while men’s basketball (970) and women’s soccer (990) have the second-highest scores in the league. Women’s track & field (988) posted the third-highest mark in the Sun Belt.

“Our student-athletes should be commended for their hard work in the classroom,” Troy Athletics Director Jeremy McClain said. “We see the determination of our student-athletes on a daily basis as they strive to achieve greatness academically and athletically, and this NCAA report backs up their dedication with hard facts.”

Twelve of Troy’s programs either increased or maintained their multi-year APR from last year’s report – two programs saw a decrease of just one overall point. Seven programs posted scores above the NCAA Division I average – baseball (984), men’s basketball (970), women’s cross country (990), women’s golf (1,000), women’s tennis (985), women’s track & field (988) and women’s soccer (990).

The men’s basketball team saw the biggest increase in the department with a 21-point jump in it’s multi-year score after posting a 980 single-year score this past season. Men’s golf, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s tennis and volleyball all turned in perfect scores for the 2014-15 single year report.

The APR is a scorecard that tracks classroom performance of Division I sports teams, and it takes into account eligibility and retention of student-athletes over a four-year period. It measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and programs also can face penalties for continued low academic performance. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on annual scores from the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

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