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Volleyball team receives NCAA APR Public Recognition Award

Program posted a perfect APR score of 1.000 from 2006-10

May 17, 2011


Volleyball team receives NCAA APR Public Recognition Award

America East Release

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton University volleyball program was recognized by the NCAA for their Academic Progress Rate (APR) over the past four years. The recognition marks the first time a Binghamton athletic program received such an honor.

“We’re pleased that our volleyball program is among the top 10 percent nationally in terms of APR,” said interim director of athletics Jim Norris. “A major reason for this ranking is the solid leadership provided by head coach Glenn Kiriyama and the well balanced program that he conducts. Glenn has great expectations in all regards for the student-athletes in his program. He continues to attract and develop high quality young people that respond well to his leadership and annually meet or surpass our lofty expectations.”

Based on the two components of the APR, eligibility and retention, the volleyball team posted a perfect score of 1.000 on a four-year rolling average. Binghamton’s average was among the top 10 percent in their sport, with the scores based on APRs from 2006-10. During that time span, the volleyball program has graduated 14 student-athletes, as well as six from the 2010 squad.

“Any accolades for this distinction should go to the players, who have worked hard in their studies, and the tremendous academic and athletic support staff within the department and throughout the university,” said Glenn Kiriyama. “The vital piece of their support comes from the tireless efforts of the academic advisors and the many student services provided through the Student-Athlete Success Center.”

In addition to their exempliary APR, the Binghamton volleyball team won the 2009 America East championship, earning their second-ever NCAA berth. They are one of 21 teams to win an America East championship and earn the prestigous honor from the NCAA.

The NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team through its innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement. By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

The NCAA honored more than 900 Division I sports teams for their high marks academically, with 25 teams from the America East represented. The 909 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 14 percent of the 6,385 eligible Division I teams. The list includes 525 women’s teams and 384 men’s or mixed squads.

In the six years of the NCAA’s academic reform program, 1,992 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 31 percent of eligible sports teams during that time. Of that total, 260 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the six years of the program.

Full APR scores for all teams will be released May 24.

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