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Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
Release: May 26, 2011
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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Monmouth University's football team was recently honored by The Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) as a recipient of the Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award, after earning the best APR among the football playing schools of the Northeast Conference.

"I would like to congratulate our players for their commitment to academics and thank Michelle Melia and our Office of Student Athlete Development for their efforts in promoting the academic success of our players," said MU Head Coach Kevin Callahan.

The APR Award recognizes one institution at each of the 14 FCS conferences that has the highest APR score.  In addition, the Association also recognizes one institution from each conference that has improved the most from the previous year.  In all, 28 awards are given. 

The Hawks had an impressive year in the classroom, with 23 players named to the NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, four of which were on the Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll by earning a 3.75 grade point average.  Senior Ryan Folsom (Somerdale, N.J./Triton Regional) earned CoSIDA Capital One Acadmic All-District II honors, marking the 11th straight year a Monmouth football player was named to the team.  Additionally, 15 student-athletes earned Deans List for the Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 semesters.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member colleges and universities adopted a comprehensive academic reform package designed to improve the academic success and graduation of all student-athletes.  The centerpiece of the package is the academic measurement for teams, known as the APR.    

Monmouth will receive its award during the FCS ADA Luncheon sponsored by Borden Perlman Insurance Agency, on Thursday, June 16 in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Parts of this release were provided by the FCS ADA's press release.

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