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UNT Insider | May 2007 Issue | UNT soccer team

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NCAA recognizes academic success of UNT soccer team

From InHouse, UNT's faculty and staff news source

The UNT women's soccer team, one of the most successful Mean Green teams on the field, can now add another honor - for its work in the classroom - to its list of accomplishments.

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The Mean Green received a public recognition award from the National Collegiate Athletics Association for finishing in the top 10 percent of the Academic Progress Report for all Division I-A soccer programs.

"It is a remarkable achievement for our women's soccer team to be recognized for its academic performance by the NCAA," says Rick Villarreal, director of Athletics. "To be in the top 10 percent of all the NCAA Division I institutions in your particular sport is a credit to the character of these student-athletes and the commitment to scholarly achievement by the coaches."

The UNT soccer team was one of only 33 schools from around the nation to be recognized and the only institution in the Sun Belt Conference to finish in the top 10 percent in women's soccer.

"For us as a team each year it's not all about being competitive and successful on the field but also to excel in the classroom as well," says John Hedlund, head soccer coach.

The APR was established by the NCAA to measure the success or failure of collegiate athletic teams in moving student-athletes toward graduation. It was first instituted in February 2005.

To learn about how other UNT teams did, visit the NCAA reports online.

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May 2007

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