NCAA Recognizes Five Nittany Lions Teams for Academic Progress

Penn State Nittany Lions teams continue to shine both in athletics and in the classroom. The NCAA has honored five different Penn State teams for their high academic progress achievements.

The 2018 recipients of this NCAA Public Recognition Award are women’s fencing, men’s golf, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and wrestling.

These teams have earned multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent nationally for their respective sport through the 2016-17 academic year.

Three of the Nittany Lions teams being recognized are recent championship squads: women’s fencing, women’s volleyball and wrestling.

Since the NCAA APR award program began in 2006, 77 Penn State teams have been recognized, with at least three squads being recognized each year. Two teams, women’s fencing and men’s golf, earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award for the first time this year.

“I am very proud of our student-athletes for their strong commitment to academic excellence,” stated Wes Glon, men’s and women’s fencing head coach. “While fencing is a very important part of their experience at Penn State, they understand that they came to our great university to grow into young adults, prepared to handle all the successes and challenges life will present them with. I am quite confident that with all the resources and opportunities at Penn State, they will all be able to do so once they graduate.”

“Penn State is an institution that supports the pursuit of excellence in the classroom and in competition,” said Greg Nye, men’s golf head coach. “Our student-athletes’ educations are our top priority and this honor would not be possible without the resources available to our team and the commitment of the Athletic Department staff to their success.”

The wrestling team is one of only two teams nationally that has won this APR award consecutively for the past four years.

“Success in the classroom is our expectation,” stated Cael Sanderson, wrestling head coach. “Being accomplished in athletics is great, but the big picture is success in life."

This is the women’s tennis team’s 12th Public Recognition Award in the 13 years of this program, leading all Nittany Lion squads with the highest number of these awards.

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