Tuesday, August 08, 2006The University of North Florida volleyball team has been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as a winner of its Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award for 2005-06.
UNF is one of only 54 Division I programs nationally to be honored, and the only school in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors both college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale during the school year.
Recipients of the award range from NCAA Division I institutions to high school girls’ and boys’ teams, with 287 programs being recognized this year. In addition to the 54 Division I recipients this year, NCAA Division II tied its highest division mark with 31 programs, while 44 NCAA Division III schools earned the honor.
“We are very proud of our academic success,” UNF head coach Bryan Bunn said. “Our girls strive to be successful in the classroom as well as on the court. We are all very proud of this achievement. That we were the only program in the A-Sun to earn this recognition makes it even more special.”
This year’s honor is the fifth for UNF since the award’s inception, joining the 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2001-02 squads. Nine members of this year’s UNF squad posted grade point averages of 3.0 or better in the fall, earning them Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic honors.
“The Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award is what being a student-athlete is all about,” AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer said. “The AVCA is privileged to once again be able to award these schools for their excellence in the classroom. We congratulate the student-athletes, coaches and school personnel for achieving this honor and upholding the delicate balance between academics and athletics.”
More than 800 different schools have won the award in the program’s 14-year history.