May 7, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andy Seeley
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF women’s tennis and volleyball teams have once again been honored by the NCAA for their Academic Progress Rates (APR). The NCAA released its APR Public Recognition Award winners Wednesday.
For the third consecutive year, head coach Stephanie Nickitas’ women’s tennis team was honored. Todd Dagenais’ volleyball squad received the accolades for a second consecutive year.
The NCAA gives APR Public Recognition Awards to teams with a multi-year APR score in the top 10 percent for their sport.
The Knights’ women’s tennis program was the first UCF program ever to receive this honor, back in 2012, and has been on the list ever since. Even more impressive is the perfect mulit-year score of 1000 the tennis team has achieved in each of those three years.
“We have always placed a great emphasis on the fact that student-athletes are here to first be students and graduate,” Nickitas said. “It’s really a team effort that goes into receiving this recognition. Our players work very hard in the classroom and our academic advisor Margaret Dann has done a tremendous job keeping the team on track academically.”
The volleyball program has now put together back-to-back perfect scores of 1000.
“UCF Volleyball is all about the balance of athletics, academics and the social side,” Dagenais said. “The academic side is something we’ve pushed very hard since I came here. We’ve watched our GPA climb steadily each year. We’ve done it without sacrificing what happens on the court. That’s something the program is very proud of. The fact that we had a perfect (multi-year) APR, there’s a lot that goes into that. First of all there are athletes who are highly committed to the vision of the program. There’s an academic support system that’s underneath them to help fill in the cracks. Our academic support people do fantastic work with highly-motivated athletes.”
The APR provides a snapshot 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. It provides a measure of each team’s academic performance. The most recent APR numbers are multi-year rates, based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.