Four Redbird Teams Honored With NCAA Public Recognition Award

Nov. 6, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - A quartet of Illinois State athletics programs earned 2011-12 NCAA Public Recognition Awards for high achievement in the latest multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR), as announced Monday by the NCAA.

The Redbird men's cross country and tennis teams and the women's tennis and volleyball squads were honored with the recognition from the NCAA. The honor is bestowed on teams with an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. All four programs were also honored with 2010-11 NCAA Public Recognition Awards.

"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate your institution's recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award," NCAA President Mark Emmert wrote in a letter to all teams earning NCAA Public Recognition Awards. "Thank you for your leadership and support of the academic reform efforts. These teams represent intercollegiate athletics at its best."

The men's tennis team, led by head coach Cris James, has received the honor for five-consecutive years. The women's tennis team, under the direction of head coach Chris Hoover, had a perfect 1000 multi-year APR score and was honored with the award for the fourth time.

Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). The 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.

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