Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State softball team was honored by the NCAA for their exemplary academic performance with the Public Recognition Awards announced Wednesday. This is the ninth time that a team from New Mexico State has been recognized and the second year that the softball team received the honor.
Broken down by sport, the Aggie softball team was honored for standing among the top 10 percent of all academic performing teams in the country in the multi-year Academic Progress Report (APR) for the 2011-12 academic year.
“Our program strives to excel in everything we do on the field, in the classroom and in service to our community,” head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “I am very proud of our student-athletes and their commitment to excellence.”
Top performing APRs ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000 and a total of 976 teams were publicly recognized across all sports, including 593 women’s teams.
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.
Along with success in the classroom, the 2011-12 Aggies finished with a 24-29 record, two All-WAC and seven academic All-WAC selections. The season was highlighted with wins over No. 23 New Mexico and No. 14 Arizona.