Women's Soccer Team Recognized by NCAA

DENTON, Texas (4/22/09) The University of North Texas women’s soccer team ranks among the nation’s top 10 percent of all women’s soccer squads based on its academic success according to the NCAA. The NCAA announced its Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition awards today (April 22, 2009), honoring Division I sports teams for their latest multi-year NCAA Division I APR scores.

“The women’s soccer program has established a level of academic success that all of our athletic teams can emulate,” Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal said. “We continue to make progress in all of our sports and remain diligent in emphasizing the importance of academic excellence. The women’s soccer team is leading that charge.”

This is the second time in three years that head coach John Hedlund’s team has earned the NCAA’s top academic distinction by performing in the top 10 percent of all Division I women’s soccer programs. During the past academic year, the squad compiled a combined grade point average of 3.3, with six players earning a perfect 4.0 and a spot on the President’s Honor Roll. The team had an additional seven players that were named to the Dean’s List with GPAs between 3.50 and 3.99. In all, 24 members of the Mean Green women’s soccer team had a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

“It is a credit to the young people on this team that they all consider their responsibilities as students as important as their role as athletes,” head coach John Hedlund said. “It is no accident that the success that they have had on the field coincides with their success in the classroom.”

The APR provides a one-year snapshot of a team’s academic success by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR is calculated using academic eligibility and retention criteria and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. In addition, it serves as a predictor of future graduation rates. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to the maximum score of 1,000.

The public recognition awards are part of a broad Division I academic reform effort. Multiyear APR scores for all 6,484 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 6. The announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.



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