JSU athletic programs to receive recognition award for APR

Tommiea King

 The Jackson State University women’s golf and tennis teams have received public recognition from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for being in the top 10 percent nationally in the respective sports in regards to Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores and achievement.

Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly

Eddie Payton, JSU Golf Coach

recognizing their latest multi-year NCAA Division I APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

Jackson State is the only Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) member to have more than one team to receive the award this year.

            The APR provides a real-time 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.

Those working with the golf and tennis teams say they strive to produce good student-athletes.

“Our group takes a lot of pride not only in their athletic achievement but academic achievement,” says Eddie Payton, JSU golf coach since 1986. “Our motto is that we recruit good students who happen to be good golfers.”

And good golfers they are. Through 2010, the team had won seven consecutive SWAC championships. In 2009, JSU honor graduate Shasta Averyhardt became the first African-American woman to qualify for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour since 2001 and only the fourth in 60 years.

Adeniji Olagbegi, JSU Tennis Coach

Tennis coach Adeniji Olagbegi says the award means a lot.

            “It says a lot about what we have been doing for all these years,” said Olagbegi who has coached the team since 2005. “We’ve been trying to teach the students the importance of their education and not just sports.”

            To view the entire list of schools receiving this public recognition, click on the following link:  https://web1.ncaa.org/maps/lic8Le43aprRecognitionAwards.jsp.


7 thoughts on “JSU athletic programs to receive recognition award for APR

  1. Congratulations to the ‘two best coaches’ in the WORLD!!! Your teams are excellent on and off the court/course!!! You brought it full circle – Excellence in ALL you do!

  2. Niji and Eddie: Tiger Engineering congratulates you both and the teams you produce. We are proud of our engineers and their teammates on your teams. We had two women engineers on last years SWAC Womens Tennis Champions!

  3. Coach Payton would make a great AD. He has the reputation to do a great job. If Prez Meyers is reading this, JSU’s best potential AD candidate is right under your nose. “EDDIE PAYTON FOR AD”. He will bring in the dollars and not tolerate the non-sense.

  4. Congratulations Coach Payton and Coach Olagbegi.This is a demostration of JSU’s holistic education of the body, mind, and spirit. Keep up the good work.–Felix Okojie

  5. Coach Payton and the Women and Men teams just keep on excelling,He was make a great Athletics Director with all the connections he has around the World.also,thanks to Coach Olagbegi and the tennis team.Robert Baker.

  6. Congratulations to both coaches!

    These are two sports that do not get the type of recognition as the other sports, however they are an integral part of athletics at Jackson State University and the type of success that we are experiencing in receiving the APR recognition. Let’s make sure that we continue to support these sports through attendance and equally important financially, so that we can continue to receive national and global accolade for our Great University!

  7. Great job, Golf and Tennis. Next year we all all our sports team to win a championship and be in the top 10 percent for APR.

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