INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  --  The University of Delaware men’s and women’s tennis teams as well as the Blue Hen women’s golf program have all been honored by the NCAA for the academic success of their student-athletes.

Those three programs were among 30 Colonial Athletic Association teams in 18 different sports who were recently recognized as recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award, which is based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate.
The awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent of each sport. This year’s awards are compiled using the academic and retention rates for the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester or quarter 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.

"Congratulations to (head coaches) Laura Travis and Patty Post and their student-athletes on this outstanding accomplishment,” said Delaware Director of Athletics Eric Ziady. “Academic achievement is our top priority at Delaware and we are proud of each of these programs for being leaders in the classroom not only within our conference but throughout the entire nation.”

Delaware is one of just 59 schools to receive a Public Recognition Award in each of the program's nine years, with the women's tennis and men’s tennis programs among the list of 146 teams that have earned Public Recognition Awards every year. In fact, Delaware is joined by Bucknell University and Yale University as the only schools nationally that have had both tennis teams honored each of the last nine years.

In addition to men’s and women’s tennis and women’s golf, the Delaware softball, men’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s cross country, women’s swimming & diving, men’s cross country, and men’s track & field programs have all be recognized in past years.

William & Mary led the CAA with seven teams honored with Public Recognition Awards (men’s basketball, field hockey, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, and women’s tennis) this year while Towson had four teams recognized (women’s cross country, softball, women’s soccer, women’s track & field) and Northeastern joined Delaware with three teams honored (men’s cross country, men’s soccer, women’s indoor track & field).

There were 1,049 Division I teams honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards. 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 top 10 teams earning a perfect APR. The NCAA will release this year’s full Academic Progress Rate report on May 14.
A full listing of the Public Recognition Award recipients can be found online at: