Jax State Football Recognized With APR Award

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Jacksonville, Ala. – The Jacksonville State football program was recognized by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) on Thursday as one of the Organization’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award winners.

JSU Athletic Director Warren Koegel accepted the award during the FCS ADA Luncheon in Orlando. The Gamecocks received the honor after posting the Most Improved APR in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2011-12.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member colleges and universities adopted a comprehensive academic reform package designed to improve the academic success and graduation of all student-athletes.  The centerpiece of the package is the academic measurement for teams, known as the APR.

“We are very pleased with the progress that our football team has made and to be recognized with this national award is a tribute to the hard work of our coaches and our supports staff, our academic support staff and our compliance office,” said Koegel. “All of them have something to do with this success.”

The Gamecocks posted their highest APR score since the package was adopted with a 940 in the 2011-12 academic year. The score was up 25 points over the previous year’s 915, a score that was also above the NCAA’s mandated score of 900.

“Our Association is once again delighted to present these awards to spotlight the true mission of all FCS programs, embracing the academic progress of their student-athletes,” said FCS ADA President Ron Strollo, executive director of athletics at Youngstown State. “We are happy to continue to recognize the FCS institutions and their football programs for continuing to reach or maintain exemplary APR scores.”

Now in its 20th year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 48th year.

Courtesy JSU Media Relations