STORRS, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut had four teams that posted a perfect 1000 multi-year Academic Progress Rate, while nine teams had perfect 1000 APR scores for the 2014-15 academic year.
The NCAA announced its latest report of the APR for all Division I schools on Wednesday, which included single-year scores for 2014-15 and four-year multi-year scores from 2011-15.
The UConn women’s basketball team, which has won four NCAA national championships in row, posted an impressive 983 score multi-year APR.
The Husky men’s basketball team had an outstanding 978 multi-year APR score, which included the NCAA national championship season of 2013-14.
The UConn field hockey team, which won a pair of NCAA Championships (2013 and ’14) during this four-year period, had a perfect 1000 score.
“Our men’s and women’s basketball and field hockey programs show the country that a team can win a national championship and have a high degree of academic success at the same time,” said UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict. “I want to commend head coaches Kevin Ollie, Geno Auriemma and Nancy Stevens and their staff for helping our student-athletes achieve excellence in all parts of the college experience.”
The UConn football team had a 990 single-year score for 2014-15 in head coach Bob Diaco’s first season with the Husky program. The 990 represents the highest single-year score in UConn football history.
“Bob Diaco has done a tremendous job with our football both academically and athletically in just two seasons,” said Benedict. “The football team single-year APR score has reached a new high under his leadership and the team became bowl-eligible this past season for the first time in five seasons. We anticipate continued success both on the field and in the classroom with Coach Diaco.”
In addition to field hockey, the men’s and women’s tennis and golf teams all had perfect 1000 multiyear APR score. UConn teams that earned a perfect 1000 APR score for the 2014-15 academic year were baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, golf, men’s ice hockey, men’s swimming and diving, softball and women’s tennis.
"The University of Connecticut and its student-athletes have established a culture of success in both academics and athletics,” said Benedict. “Our student-athletes show outstanding dedication every day at one of the most highly competitive universities in the country.
"I also want to acknowledge the outstanding faculty at the University and the dedication of our staff in the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes. They care deeply about the success of our students and are committed to helping them gain success in the classroom."
Among the other highlights for UConn in the latest NCAA report were:
* A 994 four-year score for the women's lacrosse team, which made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2013.
* A multi-year score of 990 for men's ice hockey with a second-consecutive perfect 1000 in 2014-15 as the team made the transition to Hockey East.
* A 974 four-year mark by men's soccer as the team made three-straight appearances in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
* A 996 four-year mark by women’s soccer and 989 single-year mark during a time in which the team made an appearance in the NCAA Championship.
Last week, the NCAA announced that three UConn athletic programs were recognized for top academic performances as part of the NCAA's academic reform program. Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates, the UConn field hockey, men's golf and men’s and women’s tennis teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs.