COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis teams were honored with public recognition awards based on the latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR), the NCAA announced Wednesday. Each of these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in 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. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08, 2008-09 academic years.

“We are proud of all of our student-athletes and coaches for their strong commitment to success in the classroom and making expected progress toward their degrees. We are particularly proud of three of our programs, women’s tennis, women’s basketball and men’s tennis, for being selected for public recognition by the NCAA,” John Bruno, Ohio State faculty athletic representative, said. “Establishing a level of academic progress (APR) that is in the top 10 percent in your sport across the nation requires a drive to be the best in the classroom on the part of the student-athletes and their coaching staffs. I’m certain the entire university community is proud of their accomplishments.”
Women’s basketball has won a record six consecutive Big Ten championships under Jim Foster, but the eighth-year head coach has always stressed the importance of getting the job done in the classroom.

“Academics always come first with my team and I’m very proud to see them recognized for their hard work in the classroom,” Foster said. “They are students first and they understand academics will carry them further in life than basketball will.”

Ty Tucker, head coach of the men’s tennis team, has led his team to five consecutive Big Ten regular season titles but is just as impressed by the work of his team in school as on the court.

“It is a great feeling for this team to be recognized for this accomplishment,” Tucker said. “The guys on this team are constantly competing in the classroom as well as on the courts. I am honored to coach such great student-athletes.”

Chuck Merzbacher, head coach of the women’s tennis team who has led the squad to the NCAA tournament eight times, is glad his players have been able to reap the benefits of their hard work in the classroom and on the court.

“I believe our APR has much to do with the type of student-athletes we have in our program,” Merzbacher said. “There is no doubt the university overall and the reputation of The Ohio State University has contributed to the success we have had. Our players have worked hard in the court and in the classroom and this honor certainly is a reflection of that.”