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Three USF Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards For Academic Performance

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DATE: April 14, 2016


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Three USF Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards For Academic Performance

Programs rank among top 10 percent nationally in APR score


TAMPA, APRIL 14, 2016 – Three USF athletic teams, including the back-to-back conference champion men’s tennis team, received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for earning high scores in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation. The three teams all earned APR scores in the top 10 percent nationally for their respective sport during the 2014-15 academic year.


The three USF squads recognized by the NCAA are: men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women's golf. USF has now earned 26 NCAA Public Recognition Awards overall, 16 in the last five seasons, garnered by eight different programs. The NCAA program, started in 2004-05, is in its 11th year. 


The USF men’s tennis program has claimed the American Athletic Conference tournament title the last two seasons and advanced to the 2015 NCAA Championships Sweet 16 for the first time in program history. The women’s tennis team won an American Conference title in 2014, while the women’s golf program won a Big East title in 2012. 


The awards are intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. 


Coach Matt Hill’s men’s tennis team was honored with an NCAA Public Recognition Award for the fourth consecutive year. Hill was named the American Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight year in 2015. Junior Roberto Cid defeated the No. 1 ranked player in the nation last week and is currently ranked No. 6 in singles while the Bulls are ranked No. 22 in the nation with a 14-8 record and have made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.


The Bulls women's tennis team, under the direction of coach Cristina Moros, earned its sixth straight NCAA Public Recognition Award. The program has made 11NCAA Tournament appearances and currently holds a 14-6 record and is ranked among the top 50 programs in the nation.


Coach Marci Kornegay’s women's golf team earned their sixth overall Public Recognition Award and fourth in the last five years. All-Conference golfer Ashley Burke will lead the Bulls in the American Conference Championships this weekend in Palm Coast, Fla.

The aggregate 2014-15 Academic Progress Rate data for all NCAA Division I institutions will be announced later this month. 


USF currently has 56 student-athletes slated to earn their degree during spring and summer commencements in the coming months.

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