Five Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Award
June 5, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WFUSports)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Five Wake Forest teams were honored with the NCAA Public Recognition Award, signifying their position among top teams in their sports in the most recently compiled Academic Progress Rate (APR) data.
The Demon Deacon women's basketball, baseball, men's soccer, women's golf and volleyball teams all ranked in the top 10 percent nationally in their sport for the data that goes through the 2011-12 academic year. The women's golf squad received the recognition for the fifth year in a row, the women's basketball team took home the honor for the third year running and the baseball and volleyball teams both repeated as award recipients. The men's soccer team earned the Public Recognition Award for the first time.
Wake Forest ranked third among ACC schools in number of teams earning the award, behind only Boston College and Duke.
The women's golf team is one of only 20 women's golf teams nationwide that has received the Public Recognition Award in each of the past five seasons and joins North Carolina as the only ACC schools to accomplish the feat.
For the second year in a row, the Wake Forest boasted the only women's basketball team in the ACC to be honored. Of the eight ACC women's basketball teams to win the Public Recognition Award since the program began in 2004-05, four of them have come from Wake Forest.
Wake Forest has had at least five of its 18 teams rank in the top 10 percent nationally in APR in seven of the eight seasons since its inception in 2004-05. The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.