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Air Force coaches stand out in 2010 academic progress rates report

Posted 8/5/2010   Updated 8/5/2010 Email story   Print story


by Troy Garnhart
Athletic Communications

8/5/2010 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun, men's basketball coach Jeff Reynolds and track coach Ralph Lindeman were mentioned in the Aug. 5 rollout of the Academic Progress Rates for Division I head coaches in six sports, released by the NCAA.

All three coaches have rankings in the high 900s out of a possible 1000.

Calhoun has a three-year average of 986, posting a 981 in 2006-07, a 989 in 2007-08 and a 987 for 2008-09. Reynolds has a three-year average of 955, including a perfect 1000 for 2006-07. Lindeman has a six-year average of 981 for women's indoor track and a 996 for women's outdoor track.

The other sports graded, volleyball, baseball and women's basketball, are currently being led by first-time head coaches who have not established APRs.

The APR provides a realtime look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

Created by the Committee on Academic Performance at the direction of the Division I Board of Directors, the Head Coach APR Portfolio is designed to create more transparency in the Academic Performance Program and strengthen the accountability of coaches for the academic performance of their student-athletes. This year's portfolion includes baseball, football, men's and women's basketball and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.

The new Head Coach APR Portfolio highlights the critical role coaches play in the development of their student-athletes athletically and academically. It does not assess additional penalties for a team or coach.

The six sports for which data are available were chosen based on the national APR profile for that sport, the opportunity to test technical issues within the system and a diverse mix of large and small teams, as well as team and individual sports. The system will be expanded to all Division I sports after the 2010-11 academic year.

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