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Two Thundering Herd Programs Recognized for Outstanding APR

May 3, 2017
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s cross country and women’s swimming and diving programs were recognized Wednesday by the NCAA for recording an Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports over the course of the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

Those two programs, coached by Jeff Small (cross country) and Bill Tramel (swimming and diving) have a perfect score of 1,000 over that period. Small’s group was one of just three Conference USA men’s cross country teams to earn the distinction, while Tramel’s Thundering Herd stood alone among the league’s aquatic programs and was one of just 28 nationally to reach the mark.

“The progress toward degrees and graduation rates in our programs is an indication of our great commitment to academics in our athletic program,” said Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. “Coaches Small and Tramel, their student-athletes and our outstanding team of academic advisors in the Buck Harless Student-Athlete Program deserve praise for a job well done.”

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. For more information on the Academic Progress Rate, please log on to

Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 10.