For the second-straight year, the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) has announced a record-breaking number of teams that have earned its Team Academic Award for the 2017-2018 season. 973 programs across beach, men’s indoor, and women’s indoor, across both high school and college divisions, met the criteria for the award, which broke last year’s record of 835, marking a 16.5% increase over the old record.
- Full list of 2017-2018 recipients
To earn the award, teams must maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale, or an 82 on a 100-point scale. A team’s head coach must be an AVCA member at the time of nomination. The number of annual recipients of this award, which was first given in the 1992-1993 academic year, has increased in all but 2 years since thee 2000-2001 season.
Included on the list for the 2017-2018 season are 4 collegiate national championship teams: Nebraska (NCAA Division I women), Concordia-St. Paul (NCAA Division II women), and Lindsey Wilson College (NAIA women); as well as UCLA (NCAA beach) They become just the 35th, 36th, 37th, and 38th teams to be recognized with this award in the same season where they won a collegiate national title.
2017-18 BREAKDOWN BY CLASSIFICATION
- NCAA Division I: Women 163
- NCAA Division II: Women 128
- NCAA Division III: Women 173
- NAIA Women: 49
- Two-Year College: 26
- USCAA: 1
- Collegiate Men: 24
- High School Girls: 358 (4 sand)
- High School Boys: 28
- College Beach: 23