Seven Dayton Flyers programs honored for success in classroom

Students walk to and from classes on the University of Dayton campus on January 23, 2020. Staff photo / Sarah Franks
Students walk to and from classes on the University of Dayton campus on January 23, 2020. Staff photo / Sarah Franks

Credit: Sarah Franks

Credit: Sarah Franks

Seven Dayton Flyers athletic programs were honored by the NCAA on Tuesday for success in the classroom. The women's cross country, football, women's golf, rowing, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis teams each earned multi-year Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sports.

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"We're proud that our teams continue to earn APR recognition from the NCAA," UD Vice-President and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan said in a press release. "The fact that we have had so many teams consistently honored over the years is a direct result of the commitment to academics by our coaches, our academic support team and our student-athletes themselves."

The NCAA recognized 1,380 teams: 881 women’s teams and 499 men’s or mixed squads.

The APR award has been around 15 years, and in that time, 10 Dayton teams have been honored at least five times: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, rowing, and men’s and women's tennis.

The Dayton women’s golf program has received the award in all 15 years. It is one of 62 teams in Division I to do so.

The UD football and men’s golf programs have been honored in all but one of the 15 years.

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Dayton joined a short list of schools to have at least three teams honored in all 15 years. The list includes Brown, Bucknell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Duke, Harvard, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn, Princeton and Yale.

According to UD, “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 and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.”

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