UMass Softball Team Earns APR Public Recognition Award
June 15, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - The Massachusetts softball team was among the more than 950 NCAA Division I sports teams that were recognized by the intercollegiate governing body for having an Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of their sport for the 2010-11 academic year.
This marks the third-consecutive year head coach Elaine Sortino's squad has garnered this achievement.
A total of 56 Atlantic 10 programs were mentioned, placing the league fourth nationally.
The 954 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 560 women's teams and 394 men's or mixed squads.
Top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.
"These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores," said NCAA President Mark Emmert. "The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete."
A total of 263 schools, out of 347 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Additionally, eight schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 49 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list.
Full APRs for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released June 20.