NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Six Belmont University athletic teams were honored Wednesday as part of the 2018 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP).
Belmont stands as one of only 43 universities to have received Public Recognition Awards each of the 13 years of the program.
Belmont men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, men's golf, women's golf and women's cross country 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," Belmont director of athletics Scott Corley said. "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 16, including 2018 honoree Dylan Windler. Belmont leads the nation in National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court honorees since the program's inception in 2007. It is also the only program the Ohio Valley Conference, in any sport, to receive the APR Public Recognition Award all 13 years. In fact, Belmont counts for all but one of the total OVC placements on the APR Public Recognition List in the sport of men's basketball (Eastern Kentucky, 2014).
Women's Basketball makes the APR praise list for a third time. The Bruins, boasting a gaudy 3.575 team GPA and one of only only five institutions nationally to rank in the Top 18 of the Women's Basketball coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for four-straight seasons, are building a peerless reputation for success on the court and in the classroom. Following a 31-win campaign, national Top 25 ranking and a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, Belmont has been showered with national academic honors. Sally McCabe, a candidate for NCAA Woman of the Year and Senior CLASS Award, was named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team. Kylee Smith, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, last week received the prestigious NCAA Jim McKay Scholarship for distinguished achievement in journalistic pursuits. Fellow graduate Sierra Jones was named 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award recipient.
Baseball earns APR honor roll placement for a seventh time. The Bruin program boasts two CoSIDA Academic All-District selections and 67 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipients in its first six years in the league. Moreover, former standout pitcher Chase Brookshire was named 2013-14 OVC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Brookshire and alumnus Nate Woods were honored by the Senior CLASS Award program.
For the third 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 – including Ashton Van Horne, now a member of the PGA Mackenzie Tour and assistant coach Scott Barnhart – receive GCAA Cleveland Golf-Srixon All-America scholar honors. 2018 graduate Logan Maththews received a young scholar award from the American Enterprise Institute and was named Belmont University Presidential Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
This marks the 10 consecutive year women's golf has been honored by the NCAA. For 12 consecutive seasons, at least one Bruin has received All-American Scholar honors from the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), including Alexi Bevans, Abbie Gregory, Megan Heath, Emma Kate Liu, Carlee Nanney and Julia Nittoli in 2017.
Women's cross country debuts on the APR Public Recognition List in 2017. Past conference champions Brittany Thune and Hannah Wittman went on to earn conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Remarkably, Belmont has earned the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Team All-Academic Award 19 consecutive seasons (formerly WICCA Team Academic Award until 2008). Over 90 percent of Belmont women's cross country runners have earned acacemic all-conference honors from the Ohio Valley Conference or Atlantic Sun Conference.
Fall 2017 marked the 40th straight semester that the departmental GPA has exceeded 3.0.
For the sixth straight year, Belmont paced the Ohio Valley Conference with number of teams on the Public Recognition List (6). In all, 66 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 8,000 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.