Coppin State Women’s Tennis Earns NCAA Public Recognition Award

Published Tuesday, August 07th, 2018

Ebonye Jones was the announced as the Eagles men's & women's tennis head coach in February 2018.

by: Steven Kramer 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Coppin State's women's tennis program was the recipient of the NCAA Public Recognition Award, it was announced by the NCAA on Wednesday morning.  This honor is bestowed on teams with an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports in the 2016-17 academic year.

This is the fourth time that the Coppin State women’s tennis program, led by head coach Ebonye Jones, has received this award with the latest coming in the 2011-12 season. 

“My focus is to work on building the total student-athlete, which includes excelling on and off the court,” said Jones.  “This award proves that our student-athletes have bought into that philosophy, and I am extremely proud of their accomplishments in the classroom.

The APR, or Academic Progress Rate, holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.

The APR is calculated as follows:

  • Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
  • A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.
  • In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.