The BYU women's volleyball team achieved success both on the court and in the classroom this past season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Cougars are one of just 10 programs to receive APR recognition and qualify for the NCAA Tournament
PROVO -- The NCAA has recognized the BYU men's basketball and women's volleyball teams with public recognition awards for their multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores. The NCAA's APR calculation includes eligibility, retention and graduation to provide a clear picture of the academic culture of each sport.
Each of BYU's 21 teams made the mark to be considered in good academic standing by the 2008 NCAA APR report. High-performing teams that recorded scores between 965 and a perfect 1,000 while also ranking among the top 10 percent of all schools in their respective sports received public recognition awards. The BYU men's basketball team achieved a 987 score, while women's volleyball scored an exceptional 995. The men's basketball team received public recognition from the NCAA for the second-consecutive year.
"We have outstanding student-athletes," said E.J. Caffaro, director of BYU's Student Athlete Academic Center. "I compliment them on their persistent work ethic and accomplishments inside and outside the classroom. I appreciate the support we receive from the coaches and the diligence of our academic advisors. This achievement is a great representation of Brigham Young University and the athletic department."
Out of 325 Division I women's volleyball teams, 41 qualified for the APR award this year with BYU being the lone MWC institution to be honored. Of those 41 teams, 10 earned an NCAA Tournament berth, including Alabama, BYU, Duke, Florida, Northern Iowa, Ohio, Purdue, Stanford, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin. BYU joined Stanford as the only two programs to receive APR accolades and also advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament this past season.
At the Division I level, 33 men's basketball teams qualified for public recognition out of a total of 328 programs. The Air Force Academy is the only other Mountain West Conference school to be honored. BYU is one of only 10 schools in the nation that earned high academic achievement and also qualified for the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Cougars are one of just six programs to earn APR recognition and an NCAA Tournament berth in each of the past two seasons, joining North Carolina, Villanova, Xavier, Belmont and Davidson.
Overall, BYU's teams not only rated well in the APR but also fared well on the field of competition. The Cougars currently rank 32nd in the Sports Academy Director's Cup Division I standings, which ranks the top overall athletics programs in the country, making it the top MWC school and the top school from a non-automatic BCS-qualifying conference. BYU claimed eight MWC Championship titles during the 2007-08 season. The men's basketball team appeared in the top-25 rankings and took the outright MWC Championship for the second year in a row. In addition to its Elite Eight appearance, the women's volleyball team finished the season ranked 12th nationally -- the program's highest final ranking since 1998.
2008 Women's Volleyball Public Recognition Awards
Bowling Green State University
Brigham Young University
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Columbia University-Barnard College
George Washington University
Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne
La Salle University
Saint Louis University
Stephen F. Austin State University
U.S. Military Academy
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
University of Northern Iowa
University of Notre Dame
University of Portland
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Western Kentucky University
Western Michigan University