NCAA APR Database Highlights Success of Petersen and Presnell

BOISE, Idaho - Thursday (Aug. 5) marked a successful day outside of competition for Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen and Bronco women's basketball coach Gordy Presnell, as both shined bright in the recently released NCAA Academic Progress Rates database.

The NCAA released the database on Thursday to give searchable APR scores for every Division I head coach in six different sports: baseball, football, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's indoor track and field, and women's outdoor track and field. Petersen and Presnell are the only two current Boise State head coaches scored in the database, which provides APR scores through the 2008-09 academic year.

Coach Petersen's scores showed that while the Broncos have enjoyed an unprecidented level of success on the field during his four seasons at the helm, Boise State has also been extremely successful in the classroom. In all three years that Petersen's teams have been graded with the APR, they scored well above the national average. Bronco football also marked improvements each year.

In 2006-07 Boise State football scored 965, while the national average was 934. In 2007-08 the Broncos scored 971 compared to 939 nationally. In the most recent 2008-09 APR Boise State scored a perfect 1,000, while the national average was 944. The numbers come as no surprise, however, as the Broncos have led the Western Athletic Conference in APR in four consecutive years, while ranking in the top 80th-90th percentile for all Division I teams over the four-year span.

Thursday's release also proved just how hard Coach Presnell's student-athletes have been working in the classroom, as his women's basketball APR beat the national average in three-of-four years. In 2005-06 Boise State scored a 963 compared to 960 by the rest of the nation. The Broncos earned their highest APR score under Presnell the following year, however, as the women scored a perfect 1,000 compared to the national average of 960 in 2006-07. Boise State saw it's APR best the national average once again in 2008-09 with a score of 967 compared to 966.

The recent academic success is nothing new to Boise State, however, as the Broncos have faired extremely well in the APR since it's inception in 2004. In June the NCAA announced multi-year APR scores that covered a four-year period. In those ratings Boise State had seven teams earn perfect APR scores in 2008-09 (football, men's basketball, men's cross-country, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, gymnastics and swimming and diving). In total, Boise State had six sports lead the WAC in multi-year APR scores, while another eight sports ranked in the top three in the conference.

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