ORLANDO, Fla. – Along with posting the best turnaround on the field during the 2012 season in the CAA, the University of Richmond Spiders football team also posted the conference’s biggest turnaround in the classroom.
At the 2013 NACDA convention in Orlando, Richmond Director of Athletics Keith Gill accepted an award on behalf of the Spider football team, honoring the squad for the greatest single-year Academic Performance Rate (APR) improvement in CAA Football in 2012. The Spiders posted an APR score of 965.
“I couldn’t be happier about the overall progress being made academically within our Richmond Spider football program,” Richmond head coach Danny Rocco said. “It’s great to be recognized for all the hard work and hours the student-athletes have put in. We are committed to continuing to create a culture that promotes success not only on the field, but in the classroom as well.”
In the fall term, 41 Spider Football student-athletes improved their cumulative GPA, while 22 players recorded their best-ever GPA. Even more impressive, 31 student-athletes posted GPAs of 3.00 or better during the fall semester.
On the field under first-year head coach Danny Rocco, Richmond earned a share of the CAA Football championship, posting an overall record of 8-3 and a conference mark of 6-2. The five-win overall turnaround is the second-best in the history of Richmond football, while the six-conference win improvement was the best in the CAA.
The Spiders had numerous quality wins in 2012, defeating Villanova in Philadelphia, while also taking down then No. 2-ranked James Madison. Richmond also defeated perennial CAA power Delaware at Robins Stadium.
Richmond opens its 2013 season Saturday August 31 against state-rival VMI at Robins Stadium.