May 7, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - The Stony Brook men's basketball, men's cross country and men's track & field teams have been named recipients of the NCAA's Academic Progess Rate (APR) Public Recognition Award for 2012-13, recognizing the programs as having APR scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.
APRs for all Division I teams will be released May 14. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the men's cross country and track & field teams have been publicly recognized by the NCAA and the first time that the men's basketball team has earned the honor. Stony Brook is one of only 40 men's basketball programs out of 349 in Div. I to be publicly recognized. Men's cross country is one of 66 schools, men's indoor track & field is one of 30 schools and men's outdoor track & field is one of 29 schools.
The men's cross country and track & field teams under the leadership of longtime head coach Andy Ronan consistently receives honors for their outstanding work in the classroom. In February, the cross country team was recognized with USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades for the seventh consecutive year.
The men's basketball team, under the leadership of longtime head coach Steve Pikiell, continues to rank high in academics among its peers. The team has the highest rolling APR of any school in Metro New York and was in fact the only school out of the 21 Metro New York institutions to receive the Public Recognition Award this year.