Five Miami Programs Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Five teams from the University of Miami were honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for outstanding performance in the classroom, the NCAA announced. UM’s men’s and women’s cross country, golf, and men’s and women’s tennis teams each earned Public Recognition Awards for the 2018-19 academic year.

The awards each year are bestowed upon teams finishing in the top 10 percent of their respective sports based on the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. The scores required to be in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport.

“Our student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom and I couldn’t be prouder of our five programs that earned Public Recognition Awards,” Director of Athletics Blake James said. “Our coaching staff and academic services staff also need to be commended for their continued support and dedication to these exceptional young men and women.”

Miami’s men’s cross country team received its seventh consecutive and 11th overall Public Recognition Award, while the women’s golf team collected its sixth consecutive and 10th total honor. The Hurricanes’ women’s cross country team earned its fifth distinction, while the women’s tennis team was recognized for the fourth straight year and men’s tennis earned its third honor.

As an athletics department, Miami has won at least three Public Recognition Awards for 10 straight years.

Miami has received 55 public APR awards in 13 sports since the program was instituted 13 years ago – baseball (2011, 2012) women’s golf (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), indoor men’s track & field (2009), outdoor men’s track & field (2006, 2008, 2009), men’s cross country (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), women’s cross country (2012, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2020), women’s swimming (2014, 2015), women’s tennis (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), men’s diving (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), football (2010, 2011, 2012), men’s tennis (2011, 2019, 2020), men’s basketball (2013, 2014, 2015) and volleyball (2019).

Each year, the NCAA honors select NCAA Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.

The APR 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.