BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott women's volleyball team has earned an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for its efforts in the classroom during the 2017-18 academic year, as announced by the organization yesterday. It marks the fourth time in six years the Gulls have received the award.
"I am proud of the way this team approaches everything, from the classroom to the court," said Endicott women's volleyball head coach Tim Byram. "They're always striving to be their best and that's something I am certainly proud of."
The AVCA Team Academic Award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by the number of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while amassing a 619-team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 973.
2017-18 BREAKDOWN BY CLASSIFICATION
Division (Number of recipients)
NCAA Division I Women (164)
NCAA Division II Women (128)
NCAA Division III Women (173)
NAIA Women (49)
Two-Year College (26)
Collegiate Men (24)
High School Girls (358 | 4 sand)
High School Boys (28)
College Beach (22)
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy, and professional development. With a membership of over 7,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at www.avca.org.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)