Women's Tennis Recognized By NCAA For Academic Success
April 24, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- The women's tennis program at East Carolina received a public recognition award from the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program for having an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score which ranks among the top 10 percent within the sport.
In addition to ECU, 45 other women's tennis teams were recognized for their achievement which marked the most of any sport. Women's volleyball had 41 teams recognized, while the sport of women's golf had 39.
Coach Tom Morris' program was the only one at ECU to receive a a 2008 NCAA public recognition award for APR excellence and was the only Conference USA women's tennis team to be honored.
During the previous two seasons in which Morris has worked exclusively with the women's program, 14 student-athletes have been named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, including six who have earned the C-USA Academic Medal by posting a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or better. Eight of the 11 student-athetes on the team received the distinction of being named to either the Chancellor's List, Dean's List or Honor Roll during the 2007 fall semester.
In 10 years directing the ECU women's tennis program, Morris has compiled a record of 149-91 (.621) and is the winningest coach in ECU history. Morris' teams have set the school record for wins in a season five times, winning a record-19 matches in 2006 and 2007.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000.
Multi-year APR scores for all 6,272 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 6. The announcement also will include immediate and historically based penalties for low-performing teams.