NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Five Belmont University athletic teams were honored Wednesday as part of the 2017 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP).
Belmont stands as one of only 42 universities to have received Public Recognition Awards each of the 12 years of the program.
Belmont men's basketball, baseball, men's golf, men's soccer, and women's golf were highlighted on the Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Announcement – signifying each program ranking in the top 10 percent within their respective sports nationwide for their academic progress rate as determined by the NCAA.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic standing each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
"Today's announcement by the NCAA further validates the remarkable academic achievements of our student-athletes," said Scott Corley, Belmont University Director of Athletics. "We are very proud of our reputation as an athletic program dedicated to both athletic and academic success and all of the credit belongs to our student-athletes, coaches, and staff."
Men's basketball continues its tradition of success on the court and in the classroom. Since 2006, Belmont stands as one of only three institutions in Division I men's basketball to make the Public Recognition List every year since its inception (Davidson and Holy Cross are the other two). Moreover, Belmont men's basketball leads the nation in CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 2001 with 15, including 2017 honoree Evan Bradds. It is also the only program the Ohio Valley Conference, in any sport, to receive the APR Public Recognition Award all 12 years.
Baseball earns APR honor roll placement for a sixth time. The Bruin program boasts two CoSIDA Academic All-District selections and 54 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipients in its first five years in the league. Moreover, former standout pitcher Chase Brookshire was named 2013-14 OVC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
For the second time, men's golf finds its way onto the APR award podium. The Bruins, who have earned the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-Academic Team award eight consecutive years, had three student-athletes – 2016 graduates Ashton Van Horne and Scott Barnhart – receive GCAA Cleveland Golf-Srixon All-America scholar honors.
For the ninth time in the last 12 years that men's soccer has been honored by the NCAA. In its third year as an affiliate member of the Horizon League, the Bruins saw 11 team members earn conference honor roll distinction.
This marks the ninth consecutive year women's golf has been honored by the NCAA. For 11 consecutive seasons, at least one Bruin have received All-American Scholar honors from the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), including seniors Abbie Gregory, Megan Heath, and Alexi Bevans.
Fall 2016 marked the 38th straight semester that the departmental GPA has exceeded 3.0.
For the fifth straight year, Belmont paced the Ohio Valley Conference with number of teams on the Public Recognition List (5). In all, 60 Bruin teams have been honored by the NCAA Academic Performance Program.
Complete Academic Progress Rate report information can be accessed at www.ncaa.org.
About Belmont University
Ranked No. 6 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a "Most Innovative" university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of more than 7,700 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University's purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world's needs. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, 19 master's programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon. For more information, visit www.belmont.edu.