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Four Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

April 13, 2016

STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut field hockey, golf and men’s and women’s tennis teams were honored on Wednesday with NCAA Public Recognition Awards for outstanding academic performance.

Teams are recognized by the NCAA for posting Academic Progress Rate scores that are in the top 10 percent of its individual sport. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. All Division I teams’ APR scores will be released April 20.

“I want to congratulate the student-athletes and coaches of these four teams that have been honored by the NCAA,” said UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict. “Academic success and earning an undergraduate degree has always been the primary goal here in the UConn Division of Athletics and it will continue to be so under my leadership.

“I would like to also thank the staff of our Counseling Program for Student-Athletes for their outstanding work with student-athletes from all 24 of our sports. Their dedication and caring are of great assistance in helping our young men and women enjoy academic success.”

The UConn golf team, under head coach Dave Pezzino, has earned a Public Recognition Award in all 11 years that the NCAA program has existed.

The Husky field hockey team, under head coach Nancy Stevens, has been honored five times and for the past three consecutive years. During those three years, the Huskies also won back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2013 and ’14.

The UConn tennis programs and women's head coach Glenn Marshall and men's head coach Michael Louis also have a tradition of earning this honor. The women’s team has won this award for eight consecutive seasons while the men’s program has been named three times and two consecutive.