Item# 7: Submitted by Jennifer Kane, Faculty Athletic Representative (2014/2015- May)
Intercollegiate Athletic Committee
Remarks to Faculty Association (April 2, 2015)
student-athletes (headcount) in 19 sports (some participate in multiple sports):
8 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams.
distribution was 57% female in 2014-2015.
- 40 coaches (16
- Total revenues
for 2014-2015 are expected to pass $10.5 million between auxiliary and
- UNF Athletics’
budget is currently 6th out of 8 schools in our conference.
- $2.77 million in
scholarships distributed in 2014-2015 with 56.3% going to female SA’s/43.7% to
- Working with
University PR to measure the impact of A-Sun Championship and NCAA Tournament
run has had on the University; but the media exposure was significant including
a 4 minute piece on ESPN SportsCenter
highlighting campus and the program.
increases in merchandise sales, ticket sales, attendance, social media
followers, and overall interest in the program.
- 2015-16 season
tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 13th… expecting significant
increase in season ticket sales next year.
- Currently rank
3rd in the 2014-15 Atlantic Sun All-Sports trophy standings.
- Currently tied
for 2nd in the 2014-15 ASun men's all-sports trophy standings.
- Captured the
program's first Men's Basketball Atlantic Sun Conference regular season and
- Made the
program's first appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
- Had 4 student-athletes
earn Atlantic Sun Athlete of the Year awards in their particular sports this
season with several other potential winners.
- Saw Matthew
Driscoll earn the program's first Men's Basketball Coach of the Year accolade.
- Both men's and
women's cross country and indoor track and field teams posted their highest
ASun Conference finishes in program history.
- 11 secondary
(minor issues) NCAA violations in 2013-2014, which is quite normal vis-à-vis
others (and is indicative of active, good faith compliance efforts).
- The Osprey Club
(fundraising arm of the Athletic Department) raised over $410,000 from 267
Osprey Club members which is a 38% increase in dollars raised and a 30%
increase in donors acquired compared to FY13.
approximately 49% ahead in dollars raised and 60% ahead in donors acquired
compared to FY13.
- Just received a
$100,000 commitment to provide enhancements to the game day experience in the
- 2013-2014 mean GPA: Men:
3.02; Women: 3.25
- Overall Spring 2014 GPA (men + women): 3.23 (slightly up from Spring 2013 [3.20])
- Highest team GPAs:
Women: Cross Country (3.475);
Men: Golf (3.444)
- Overall Fall 2014 GPA (men + women): 3.16
- Highest team GPAs: Women: Golf (3.566); Men: Tennis (3.46)
- Fall 2014 incoming freshmen on athletic aid (n=26): mean weighted
GPA = 3.93, mean SAT = 1150; mean ACT = 25
- Summer 2014 incoming freshman on athletic aid (n=24): mean
weighted GPA = 3.41, mean SAT = 982; mean ACT = 22
- Graduation rate for 2008-09 freshman cohort (within six
years): 61% (down from 66% for the previous cohort), versus 50% mean of all
- Four-class average (incoming in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
graduation rate: 61%, versus 49% for all students.
- Graduation rate rises to 80% when adjusted for transfers,
mid-year enrollees, and those leaving in good academic standing.
- None of our teams have any current issues in regard to the NCAA’s
Academic Progress Rate necessary to avoid penalties such as being ineligible
for post-season competition, financial aid reductions, reductions in practice
time or competition, coaching suspensions, etc.
- Roughly half the student-athletes go to supervised study
hall weekly, including all new (freshmen and transfers) students, students with
cum GPAs below 2.6 and any deemed “at-risk”; morning and afternoon study hall
sessions are staff-monitored; many also use A.C.E. for tutoring.
- Spring 2015 saw the implementation of an online study hall
sign-in program. Approximately 3000 visits and almost 5000 hours have been logged
- Department saw first UNF student awarded the NCAA Post
Eligibility Degree-Completion Award.