Lipscomb athletics continues to succeed off the field as well as on the field.

Men’s & women’s golf and softball both received the NCAA Public Recognition award for accomplishments in the classroom this past week. This award comes a season after Kristin Ryman’s softball squad was named National Champions in the classroom for their cumulative GPA (3.65) by the National Fast Pitch Association.

Lipscomb Softball’s All-American second baseman (2014-2016) Baylee Williams just completed her collegiate career. Williams was part of the National Championship team for GPA and acknowledges how important her time in the classroom was.

“Academics to an athlete is very important because sports are temporary and academics is what is ultimately going to determine how life is after college,” Williams said. “It’s important to have a good balance between the two, but academic focus will get you further in life.”

The three teams were honored for finishing in the top 10 percent in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) in their sports during the 2014-15 academic year. All three teams posted scores of 1,000.

“”We are very proud of our golf and softball athletes who continue to excel academically, as well as on the field or course,” Dr. Lin Garner, associate athletics director for academics and senior woman administrator, said in a statement.  “Kudos also to their coaches who invest so much time in and attention to academics.”

The APR is meant to hold NCAA institutions accountable for their academic progress and graduation, which has become a major focal point in recruiting. Teams must earn an APR of 930 to compete in Championships.

Visit the NCAA APR’s website for a complete history of Lipscomb’s APRs, as well as other NCAA team reports. 

Photo courtesy of Lipscomb Athletics

Additional reporting by Lipscomb Athletics

TEAM   2014-2015                                 
Baseball 974
Men’s Basketball 934
Men’s Cross Country 989
Men’s Golf 1000
Men’s Soccer 973
Men’s Tennis 968
Men’s Track 968
Softball 1000
Women’s Basketball 973
Women’s Cross Country 998
Women’s Golf 1000
Women’s Soccer 973
Women’s Tennis 981
Women’s Track 994
Women’s Volleyball 979


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