COLLEGE STATION -- For the second consecutive year, the fifth-ranked Texas A&M softball program was honored by the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program for having an Academic Progress Rate score which ranks among the top-10 percent within the sport, the association announced today.
“I am very proud of Coach Jo Evans and the softball team,” A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne said. “Not only are they one of the best softball teams in the country on the diamond, they excel in the classroom, as well as help in community outreach events.”
The NCAA honored 712 Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores.
In addition to A&M, the other Division I softball programs receiving accolades from the NCAA include: Holy Cross, Cornell, Dartmouth, DePaul, Fairfield, Florida State, Harvard, Lafayette College, Lehigh, Penn State, Princeton, Robert Morris, Saint Joseph's, Southern Illinois, Stanford, UCLA, Iowa, University of Maine, Orono, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania, San Diego, South Florida, Texas, Tulsa, Virginia, Villanova, Wagner and Yale.
These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The teams recognized this year represent 11.4 percent of the 6,272 Division I teams. The list includes 401 women’s teams and 311 men’s or mixed squads. A total of 192 Division I institutions had at least one team on the top APR list. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000 over the data collection period.
Since its inception into the Big 12, the Aggie softball team has garnered 35 academic all-conference awards. Sixteen different players have earned first-team honors, with seven receiving the award multiple times.
“I am very proud of our athletes because they excel on the field and in the classroom,” head coach Jo Evans said. “Every single player is committed to leaving Texas A&M with a degree and I commend them for making the most of their college experience. They represent the finest Texas A&M has to offer.