Marshall Tennis Receives Third NCAA Recognition for Outstanding APR


Marshall head coach John Mercer

Marshall head coach John Mercer

June 5, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- The Marshall women’s tennis program received the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for the third time after boasting a multi-year APR within the highest 10 percent of all tennis programs nationally, the organization announced Wednesday.

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.

Head Coach John Mercer’s squad also earned the honor in last year’s release and for the rate ending in 2004-05 as well. It is the fifth such honor for the department as the women’s golf program also achieved the honor in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

"We are pleased to see our academic progress rates continue to rise," C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said concerning the league’s 27 teams who earned Wednesday’s honor. "The academic achievements of our student-athletes are paramount to their success after they leave their respective institutions."

Full APRs will be released by the NCAA on Tuesday.