Seven Pioneer Teams Honored With NCAA Public Recognition Awards

FAIRFIELD, CT – The NCAA announced their Public Recognition Awards this week with seven Sacred Heart athletic programs being recognized for their academic achievements.  The men’s indoor and outdoor track & field teams, men’s volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s ice hockey and rowing were recognized for scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with respect to their Academic Progress Rates (APRs). 

The Sacred Heart men’s volleyball and rowing programs have earned Public Recognition Awards in each of the seven years of the NCAA’s academic reform program.  Top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the academic performance of our student-athletes," commented Executive Athletic Director Don Cook.  "As great as it is to win championships, nothing compares to the hard earned, life-long gift of a quality education. Championship trophies and plaques tarnish, get broken, get lost, or fade in memory. But, the education that Sacred Heart provides will never lose its glow because of its intrinsic, life-long impact and character."

The NCAA honored 40 Northeast Conference teams from the 954 across the nation with public recognition awards for exceptional academic performance. The 40 teams represent 22 sports from 10 NEC institutions.  Of the 40 institutions two captured NEC titles including Sacred Heart with the women’s basketball team winning its third title.

"An education at Sacred Heart is that special gift. Thanks to the hard work of so many – teachers, counselors, coaches and academic support staff, as well the athletes themselves we can point to 2012 as a watershed year on every front, especially in the academic arena. So many of our student-athletes are among the elite competitively, but to be among the best in the eyes of the NCAA is a wonderful tribute to the University, and all the good being done here.”

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