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Men's Soccer Earns Public Recognition Award

June 5, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The 2012 men's soccer team was honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards.

The 2012 men's soccer team was honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards.

Liberty's men's soccer was among the more than 950 teams honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards today. The awards honor teams for their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, and are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.

It is the second-straight year that Liberty's men's soccer team under the direction of head coach Jeff Alder has been acknowledged. The program is one of 12 Big South Conference athletics programs earning APR awards.

"The NCAA's quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom," said NCAA President Mark Emmert. "These teams and programs truly embody the overall values of the NCAA, and have exceeded standards to post fantastic academic scores. We are delighted by such a clear example of our membership's commitment to providing well-rounded experiences to student-athletes."

The 976 teams publicly recognized by the NCAA for high achievement represent 594 women's teams and 382 men's or mixed squads. A total of 268 schools, out of 346 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. In 2012, 954 teams were recognized.

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.