GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T bowling team not only had an historic season on the lanes but also in the classroom. The Aggies bowling program received public recognition from the NCAA for ranking among the top 10 percent of all Division I bowling programs based on its Academic Progress Rate.
The honor takes into account academic progress, as well as graduation and retention rates over a four-year period between the 2009-10 and 2012-13 academic years. The Aggies were among four other programs highlighted for demonstrating a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within women’s bowling.
Joining A&T in public recognition was Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Tulane and Vanderbilt. The Aggies had a perfect multiyear score of 1000.
In April, the bowling team received the Athletic Director’s Team award for having the athletics departments’ best team grade point average. At season’s end, the A&T bowling team was also ranked 13th in the National Tenpins Coaches Association poll.
“We are very proud of what our bowling program has been able to accomplish this year,” said Earl Hilton III, director of athletics at A&T. “Coach James Williams, his staff and players have truly been a model program for North Carolina A&T State University. They have earned our institution national recognition through their athletic and academic accomplishments, which is my aspiration for all our sports. They are to be commended.”