DENTON, Texas (6/09/09) For the second consecutive year the Mean Green has been crowned national champions of the annual Gender Equity Scorecard released by Penn State York.
“This award is a credit to the commitment that we have made to the development of top-notch women’s athletic programs,” Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal said. “Winning two years in a row proves that we have maintained a level of gender equity that can serve as a model for other collegiate athletic programs to follow.”
The Gender Equity Scorecard is an evaluation of 115 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) colleges on their commitment to gender equity in intercollegiate athletics for the academic-athletic year of 2006-2007. The colleges were scored, graded and ranked according to the criteria of participation, scholarships, operating expenses, recruitment budgets, and coaches’ salaries.
This is also the third straight year North Texas has topped the Sun Belt Conference on the scorecard. The Mean Green is the only school in the league to receive an A+.
The second highest ranked Texas school was Texas A&M who finished in 13th place. Second place in the Sun Belt was Florida Atlantic at 11th
Over the past five years North Texas has added new facilities to accommodate soccer, volleyball, softball, tennis, golf, and swimming and diving.
Dazzling the new facilities has been the play of many Mean Green women’s programs. The women’s tennis team recorded the second best record in school history and reached the semifinals of the Sun Belt Tournament last season. The swimming and diving team broke 14 school records and had their best conference finish in school history last year. The softball team, under second-year head coach T.J. Hubbard, was just one win shy of tying the school record for wins in a season during 2009. And this past season the women’s soccer team finished the regular season with a 15-4-1 record and second place in the Sun Belt Conference.