NCAA Releases Coaches APR Numbers: Razorbacks' Pelphrey, ASU's Brady Struggle

by Chris Bahn  on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 3:40 pm  

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Academic Progress Rates have been issued publicly for universities since 2003. Thursday marked the first time scores for individual coaches were released.

Both Arkansas and Arkansas State basketball coaches have struggled to hit the 925 benchmark.

Razorbacks basketball coach John Pelphrey has only twice met minimum requirements in seven seasons as a head coach. His highest scores came at Arkansas. Pelphrey posted a 942 in his first season, taking over for Stan Heath. Arkansas recorded a 933 in 2008-09.

None of Pelphrey’s four South Alabama teams hit the benchmark.

Despite Pelphrey's struggles at Arkansas, athletic director Jeff Long said he sees progress being made.

“Last spring for the first time, all of the University of Arkansas athletic teams achieved a single year APR score above the 925 benchmark rate. As we outlined at that time, we still face some challenges with our multi-year APR score in men’s basketball. While we still have work to do, I am pleased that we have exceeded the benchmark in two of the last three reporting periods including posting a major improvement in the latest report. I appreciate the commitment Coach John Pelphrey and his staff are making, working alongside our academic and student development staff in continuing to achieve measurable progress.”

Arkansas State basketball coach John Brady has been below the benchmark four of seven years, including five at LSU. His most recent APR score at ASU was an 804.

What does this all mean? Why is the NCAA keeping up with it?

Here's an explanation from the NCAA press release on the matter...

Created by the Committee on Academic Performance at the behest of the Division I Board of Directors, the database 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. The Head Coach APR Portfolio this year includes baseball, football, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. It does not assess additional penalties for a team or coach.

NCAA Interim President Jim Isch said the new Head Coach APR Portfolio is not meant to single out coaches but instead highlight the critical role they play in the development of their student-athletes athletically and academically.

“The vast majority of coaches are doing very well, and they take their roles as educators very seriously,” Isch said.



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