DENTON, Tex. (4/26/07) The University of North Texas women’s soccer team, one of the most successful teams on the field, can now add another honor in the classroom to its list of accomplishments. The Mean Green received a public recognition award from the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent of the APR for all Division I-A soccer programs.
"It is a remarkable achievement for our women’s soccer team to be recognized for its academic performance team by the NCAA," Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal said. "To be in the top 10 percent of all the NCAA Division I institutions in your particular sport is a credit to the character of these student-athletes and the commitment to scholarly achievement by the coaches."
The North Texas soccer team was one of only 33 schools from around the nation to be recognized and the only institution in the Sun Belt Conference to finish in the top 10 percent in women’s soccer.
"For us as a team each year its not all about being competitive and successful on the field but also to excel in the classroom as well" said North Texas head coach John Hedlund.
The APR (also known as Academic Progress Rate) was established by the NCAA to measure the success or failure of collegiate athletic teams in moving student-athletes towards graduation. It was first instituted in February of 2005.