PSU Women's Volleyball honored for Academic Excellence

PSU Women's Volleyball honored for Academic Excellence

Panthers receive Team Academic Award from AVCA

            LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced that 752 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 season. This number once again breaks the previous year's total of 676 and sets a new all-time high for this award.

            Among the list of programs to be honored was the Plymouth State University women's volleyball squad, which had a team cumulative grade point average of 3.42 for the 2014-15 school year under head coach Chris Kilmer.
            The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. 

            "A hearty congratulations to all the volleyball coaches whose teams won the AVCA Team Academic Award," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Teams do not succeed in the classroom by accident any more so than they do on the court. The same coach who taught them volleyball skills cared enough about their academic achievement to gather their grades, calculate their GPA, and submit a nomination on their behalf. In doing so, these coaches sent a clear message that classroom success is just as important as volleyball success. All involved should celebrate this award!"

            The AVCA Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients have increased every single year but one, while amassing a 476 team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 752. 

            Girls high school led the way with the number of recipients with 237. NCAA Division I recorded their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 146 programs while NCAA Division II also set a new record by reaching a total of 113 honorees. NCAA Division III continues to set new records after 140 schools take home the honor with the Two-Year College category also surpassing their previous high of 22 with 24. The high school boys notched a record in their category with 29.

            Prior to 2014-2015, only 22 teams had attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in both earning the AVCA Team Academic Award and winning their respective collegiate national championship in the same academic year. This year, the AVCA is proud to recognize four programs that excelled in the classroom and on the court: University of Tampa (NCAA Division II), Hope College (NCAA Division III), Irvine Valley College (CCCAA) and the Stevens Institute of Technology (NCAA DIII Mens).

            Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 23-year history, with exactly 6,878 awards been given out in total.


You can find this year's list of recipients on our website by clicking HERE



Division                                              Number of recipients             
NCAA Division I Women                              146                                          
NCAA Division II Women                             113                                         
NCAA Division III Women                            140                                       
NAIA Women                                                49                                          
Two-Year College                                           24                                          
NCCAA                                                            1                                           
Collegiate Men                                                 7                                           
High School Girls                                         237                                          
High School Boys                                          29                                           
College Sand                                                  6        


2014-2015: 752 

2013-2014: 687

2012-2013: 623

2011-12: 536

2010-11: 481

2009-10: 450

2008-09: 409

2007-08: 354

2006-07: 308

2005-06: 287

2004-05: 276

2003-04: 305 

2002-03: 205 

2001-02: 178 

2000-01: 130 

1999-00: 140 

1998-99: 149 

1997-98: 132 

1996-97: 134 

1995-96: 116 

1994-95: 83 

1993-94: 98 

1992-93: 62 

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