Women's Tennis, Volleyball and Basketball Earn NCAA Public Recognition Award

Photo Credit: Michael Scott
Photo Credit: Michael Scott

KINGSTON, R.I. - Three University of Rhode Island women's teams have been recognized by the NCAA and the Division I Committee on Academics as recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award.  The honor is bestowed on teams with an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports based on the APR data released in May 2019. 

Women's basketball head coach Tammi Reiss, women's tennis head coach Val Villucci and women's volleyball head coach Steve Santonastaso each received letters from NCAA President Mark Emmert commending the achievement. In the latest data released in May of 2019, all three of the teams had a perfect multi-year APR of 1,000.

"The academic success of your team demonstrates your commitment to developing student-athletes holistically and promoting the overall student-athlete experience," Emmert wrote in the letter. "Your team has excelled in the classroom and in competition, which sets a positive example for all students."