July 22, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Oakland volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 season over the weekend. The Golden Grizzlies were among the record-breaking 534 volleyball teams to earn the honor by earning a 3.59 grade point average over the academic year and marks the second time in three years they have garnered the award.
"It is an essential component of our mission as a department and as a volleyball program to achieve academically," said head coach Rob Beam. "For our team to maintain a 3.59 GPA and reach the Summit League Tournament in the same year is very special for all of us."
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but one, while amassing an overall 200 percent increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the award has risen by an astounding 760 percent. NCAA Division I recorded their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 103 programs.
For a complete look at the AVCA Team Academic Award recipients, follow the link to the AVCA website.