May 16, 2014 By: Mike Enright, Athletic Communications
The University of Connecticut men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and field hockey teams, all of which won NCAA national championships this past year, were three of the 14 Husky squads that posted perfect 1000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores during the 2012-13 academic year.
The NCAA announced its latest report of the APR for all Division I schools on May 14, which included single-year scores for 2012-13 and four-year multi-year scores from 2009-13.
“I want to congratulate our men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and field hockey teams for achieving the highest pinnacle both athletically and academically,” said Warde Manuel, director of athletics.
The 1000 score by the Husky men’s basketball team was its third outstanding score in a row, as it posted a 978 in its national championship year of 2010-11 and a 947 in 2011-12.
“Our men’s and women’s basketball programs have shown the country that you can win multiple national championships and have outstanding academic success,” said Manuel. “I want to commend head coaches Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma and their staffs for the outstanding work they have done with their young men and women.”
The UConn women’s basketball team also had a four-year APR rate of 989 to go along with its single-year 1000 score.
“The entire country watched our men’s and women’s basketball teams earn dual national championships for our University this past spring,” said Manuel. “Now the country knows that these teams are both champions academically as well.”
The UConn field hockey team had a perfect 1000 score in both their single-year and multi-year scores.
“The University of Connecticut is very lucky to have head coach Nancy Stevens leading our field hockey program,” said Manuel. “Her team consistently performs at a national level while enjoying incredible athletic success.”
A total of 14 UConn teams earned a perfect 1000 APR score for the 2012-13 academic year – including men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, and volleyball.
Five UConn teams had perfect 1000 four-year APR scores – men’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, women’s tennis, and men’s outdoor track and field, while 20 UConn teams scored 970 or better in that mark.
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