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Holy Cross Leads Nation In NCAA Public Recognition Awards

Holy Cross Athletics   05-10-2017

WORCESTER, Mass. – Once again this year, the College of the Holy Cross is a national leader in the academic success of its student-athletes. Holy Cross had 75 percent of its teams earn NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition awards, the highest percentage in the country ahead of Gonzaga (73.3 percent) and Dartmouth (73.1 percent). The Crusaders' total of 18 teams to receive awards was the third-best in the nation, behind only Brown and Dartmouth with 19 each.

Fifteen of the 18 sports to earn public recognition awards achieved a perfect multi-year APR score of 1,000 (based on data from the 2012-2013 through 2015-2016 school years). Holy Cross tied for second in the nation out of 356 Division I schools for the most teams to post a perfect score of 1,000.

“We take great pride in the fact that Holy Cross student-athletes achieve at the highest levels both in the classroom and in competition,” said director of athletics Nathan Pine. “Our young men and women put extraordinary efforts into their academic pursuits and I am thrilled to see them nationally recognized for their success.”


The Crusader programs to receive public recognition awards this year are: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, football, men's golf, women's golf, men's lacrosse, women's rowing, softball, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track and field, women's track and field, and volleyball. Out of those teams, men's basketball, women's cross country, men's swimming and diving, and women's swimming and diving were all recognized for the 12th year in a row, a feat accomplished by just 93 squads in all of Division I.

“I am fortunate to coach a superb group of young men and women who make academic excellence a priority,” said head men's and women's swimming and diving coach Barry Parenteau. “Our student-athletes strive to do their best both in classroom and in the pool, and it is because of their dedication that our programs have been honored for 12 years in a row.”


Holy Cross sports which posted perfect multi-year APR scores were baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf, women's golf, women's rowing, softball, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's track and field, and volleyball. Every Crusader team recorded an APR of 988 or above.


Here is where Holy Cross has ranked over the last five years among Division I institutions in terms of raw number of sports receiving the APR public recognition awards:

2017: 1. (tie) Brown, Dartmouth 19; 3. Holy Cross 18; 4. (tie) Pennsylvania, Stanford 17; 6. (tie) Bucknell, Villanova 15; 8. (tie) Georgetown, Notre Dame, Yale 14; 11. (tie) Colgate, Columbia, Lehigh 12; 14. (tie) Boston College, Duke 12; 16. (tie) Davidson, Gonzaga, Michigan, Minnesota 11.

2016: 1. Brown 21; 2. Dartmouth 19; 3. (tie) Bucknell, Stanford 17; 5. (tie) Lafayette, Notre Dame 16; 7. Duke 15; 8. (tie) Holy Cross, Minnesota, Pennsylvania 14; 11. (tie) Colgate, Georgetown, Villanova, Yale 13; 15. (tie) Boston College, Columbia, Davidson, Gonzaga, Northwestern 12.

2015: 1. Dartmouth 26; 2. (tie) Brown, Bucknell, Stanford 19; 5. Lafayette 18; 6. (tie) Colgate, Notre Dame 17; 8. (tie) Duke, Northwestern 15; 10. (tie) Columbia, Minnesota 14; 12. (tie) Davidson, Gonzaga, Pennsylvania, Yale 13; 16. (tie) Holy Cross, Boston College, Georgetown, Villanova 12.

2014: 1. Dartmouth 26; 2. Brown 22; 3. Bucknell 21; 4. (tie) Lafayette, Pennsylvania 17; 6. Notre Dame 15; 7. (tie) Holy Cross, Davidson, Duke, Stanford, Yale 14; 12. Georgetown 13; 13. (tie) Boston College, Colgate, Minnesota, Northwestern 12; 17. Gonzaga 11.

2013: 1. Dartmouth 25; 2. Brown 20; 3. Bucknell 19; 4. Lafayette 16; 5. (tie) Duke, Notre Dame 15; 7. (tie) Georgetown, Northwestern, Yale 14; 10.(tie) Boston College, Colgate, Davidson, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Stanford 13; 16. Columbia 12; 17. Holy Cross 11; 18. (tie) Cornell, Princeton 10.


The APR is an NCAA tool that 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. See the graphic below for a breakdown of how APR is calculated.

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