Head Coach Julie Torbett
May 7, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina volleyball team was honored by the NCAA for their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR), which ranked in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sport.
The NCAA announced the public recognition as part of the overall Division I academic reform effort that is intended to highlight teams which demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their sport.
The ECU volleyball team has received recognition four times since the APR was developed by the NCAA in 2004. For the first time ever, the Pirates earned back-to-back accolades, after being cited for the 2005-06, 2008-09, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
There were more than 1,000 teams publicly recognized for their high achievements with 631 women's teams and 418 men's or mixed squads making up the total. Last year, 976 teams were recognized.
The scores required to be in the Top 10 ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of the Top 10 teams earning a perfect APR.
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 as well as graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.