AVCA Team Academic Award


2013-2014 Press Release

 

AVCA Breaks Another Record With 686 Teams Honored for Academic Excellence

Total overrides the previous mark of 623 schools set in 2012-13


LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 4, 2014) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 684 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2013-2014 season. This number once again breaks the previous year's total of 623 and sets a new all-time high for this award.  

 

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.

 

"Too often athletic participation is associated with academic underachievement and this stereotype is simply false when it comes to volleyball," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Couple the smarts represented by these teams with the competitive experience and team-focused training gained on the court and we have a potent formula for future leadership! What a significant contribution that is by their coaches and schools."

 

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 an overall 500% 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 684.

 

NCAA Division I recorded their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 136 programs while NCAA Division II also set a new record by reaching a total of 95 honorees. NCAA Division III continues to set new records after 129 schools take home the honor with the Two-Year College category also surpassing their previous high of 16 with 23.

 

Prior to 2013-2014, only 18 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: Concordia University, St. Paul (NCA Division II), Calvin College (NCAA Division III), Cowley County Community College (NJCAA Division II) and Clearwater Christian College (NCCAA Division II).

 

Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 22-year history, with exactly 6,126 awards been given out in total. Additionally, there were six programs to earn recognition in the inaugural sand category.

 

BREAKDOWN BY CLASSIFICATION

Division                                      Number of recipients               Percent Breakdown*
NCAA Division I Women                        138                                          20%
NCAA Division II Women                         95                                          14%
NCAA Division III Women                      129                                          18.6%
NAIA Women                                              33                                           5%
Two-Year College                                     23                                           3.2%
NCCAA                                                         2                                           0.3%
NCAA Collegiate Men                                7                                            1%
High School Girls                                    227                                           33%
High School Boys                                     27                                            4%
College Sand                                             5                                            0.9%

 

* Percentage is based on each category's breakdown of the total 2013-2014 Team Academic recipients.

 

 

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



TOTAL RECIPIENT HISTORY

2013-2014: 686

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

 

Historical AVCA Team Academic Award Information