While Appalachian’s three-straight NCAA Division I football national championships and its 2007 victory over Michigan—the nation’s all-time winningest program—have put Appalachian in the national spotlight both athletically and academically, Mountaineer athletics has more to brag about than just its gridiron success.
Appalachian boasts one of the nation’s premier all-around athletic programs. In 2010-11, Appalachian athletics once again swept the Southern Conference’s Commissioner’s and Germann Cups, recognizing the league’s top men’s and women’s all-sports programs. Appalachian is the only school to ever win both of the SoCon’s most prestigious awards in the same year, a feat it has now accomplished an astounding eight times, including three times in the past six years.
Besides the well-documented achievements on the gridiron, Appalachian has also earned two postseason National Invitation Tournament berths and appeared in a total of four national postseason tournaments in men’s and women’s basketball, earned a top-50 Ratings Percentage Index ranking in baseball and sent individual athletes to NCAA national competitions in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field and wrestling.
As they manage the rigors of training and competition on the fields and courts, Appalachian’s student-athletes also excel in the classroom. On average, over 35 percent of Appalachian’s 450-plus student-athletes are recognized on the academic honor roll with grade point averages of 3.25 or higher. Additionally, Appalachian’s 20 varsity sports boasted NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that are nearly five points higher than the national average in 2010-11, led by the football and men’s basketball programs, which compiled APR scores that were 31 and 25 points higher than their sports’ national averages, respectively.
The skills our student-athletes learn from their experiences in the classroom and on the playing fields prepare them to make a difference in the world when they graduate. Your gifts make it possible for these students to prepare for a bright future while excelling at the sports they love and bringing national recognition to the university through their achievements. Investing in our champions will help make a difference in the lives of student-athletes now and in the future.
Gifts made to Appalachian athletics will support facility enhancements, athletic scholarships and Appalachian’s athletic programs.