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BobZag
08-05-2010, 11:14 AM
...and student-athletes...


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – (Aug. 5, 2010 – www.GoZags.com) Gonzaga University coaches demonstrated they have a commitment to academic excellence as well as athletic excellence according to the initial Academic Progress Rate (APR) for coaches released Thursday.

For the first time since the APR was adopted for NCAA Division I for the 2003-04 academic year, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors directed the NCAA staff to provide a publicly available website displaying single-year NCAA Division I APR for head coaches. During this initial release, information has been reported for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, football and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. Head coaches in all other sports will be added to the website following the 2010-11 academic year.

Of the six sports in the pilot program, only three have an impact at Gonzaga – men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball. Gonzaga did not meet the minimum student-athlete count for women’s outdoor track from 2003-04 through 2006-07, and did not have student-athletes receiving athletic-related aid for the past two reporting periods of 2007-08 and 2008-09.

But the Bulldog basketball and baseball programs are reflected well above the national average in the report.

Men’s basketball coach Mark Few has a multi-year APR of 976 for the 6-year period, ahead of the national average of 940 for all NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs. The Bulldogs have had three perfect scores of 1,000 in that period, including each of the last two reporting cycles.

Women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves has a 981 multi-year APR, surpassing the national average of 966 for women’s basketball. Graves has recorded perfect scores of 1,000 in three of the years as well, including the 2008-09 report issued this past May.

Baseball coach Mark Machtolf, whose first year as head coach was the initial reporting cycle of 2003-04, has a 979 multi-year APR, and, as with both basketball programs, is ahead of the national average of 954. His 979 multi-year score is in the 80th-90th percentile of all NCAA Division I baseball teams.

“As with the team scores reported in May, this report exemplifies the dedication our coaches have of producing not only quality athletes but developing well-rounded student-athletes,” Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. “There are a lot of people who have helped make this possible in all of our support areas, but ultimately the head coach is the person held responsible and our coaches take this responsibility seriously.”

Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice-president for academic and membership affairs, said the priority of the Division I Board of Directors report was viewed to “increase the transparency to APR data and improve accountability toward the coaching staff members as it relates to the academic performance of student-athletes.”

“I think inherent in this is the recognition from our presidents that coaches play a significant role in influencing the academic success of student-athletes. They certainly don’t stand alone as there are many individuals on campus who contribute, but it’s clear the coach is a primary influencer as it relates to the academic performance of their student-athletes. When you see the numbers, a vast majority of our coaches are doing an excellent job, and the numbers associated with their team and them as head coach reflect that commitment,” Lennon continued.

UberZagFan
08-05-2010, 11:25 AM
Nice.

sittingon50
08-05-2010, 03:36 PM
Kansas might impress one young man.

ZagNative
08-05-2010, 04:16 PM
Wonder what Bol Kong's leaving academically ineligible will do to the APR in the future ...

rijman
08-06-2010, 07:01 AM
Wonder what Bol Kong's leaving academically ineligible will do to the APR in the future ...
I wonder what bringing in higher level recruits will do to the APR in the future. While striving to improve the basketball team will there be less emphasis on a players academics.

CDC84
08-06-2010, 08:35 AM
Wonder what Bol Kong's leaving academically ineligible will do to the APR in the future ...

It'll hurt, but stuff happens and no program is going to have a perfect score. There will always be exceptions, including kids who hurt your APR by leaving school mid-semester to start preparing for NBA workouts.


I wonder what bringing in higher level recruits will do to the APR in the future. While striving to improve the basketball team will there be less emphasis on a players academics.

A good chunk of the men's basketball team's APR rating was achieved during the period when Few and Co. have been bringing in top 100 caliber basketball players. Gary Bell Jr. and Kyle Wiltjer (if GU gets him) are very good students. I have heard nothing but good things about Kyle Dranginis. I don't think the future is going to be any different from what has taken place.

There isn't a direct correlation between being an elite basketball talent and being poor at academics. There will always be flakes, but by and large, the discipline that is required to be an elite basketball talent translates over to the classroom enough to where a kid can at least show academic progress towards graduation.

The only worry, as I mentioned above, is making sure that kids who leave school early for the NBA finish out the spring semester. It's very tempting for even a straight A caliber student to cut out early when he's going to be signing a multi-million dollar contract in a couple of months. And with the new ridiculous draft declaration timeline - where kids have to choose between the NBA and college right around finals - the temptation to cut out early is even greater. It really comes down to the kid being grateful for the opportunities that a coach, a school and a basketball program have given him. That's what keeps guys like John Wall and Kevin Durant in the classroom until the semester ends.