Information Item# 7: Submitted by Jennifer Kane, Faculty Athletic Representative (2014/2015- May)

 

Intercollegiate Athletic Committee
Remarks to Faculty Association (April 2, 2015)

 

Overall Information: 

  • 280 student-athletes (headcount) in 19 sports (some participate in multiple sports): 8 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams.
  • Participant distribution was 57% female in 2014-2015.
  • 40 coaches (16 female).
  • Total revenues for 2014-2015 are expected to pass $10.5 million between auxiliary and foundation accounts.
  • 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 male SA’s.
  • 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.
  • Significant 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 tournament titles.
  • 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.
  • Currently 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 UNF arena.

Academics: 

  • 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 students.
  • 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 thus far.
  • Department saw first UNF student awarded the NCAA Post Eligibility Degree-Completion Award.