AVCA Team Academic Award

2013-2014Team Academic Award

Nominations for the 2014 Team Academic Award are now closed.  A press release announcing this year's winners will be sent out in early August.  All coaches, athletic directors, and school pricinpals/presidents will recieve a magazine publication featuring a list of the winners. The magazine will arrive with the August/September issue of Coaching Volleyball.

Any questions regarding the AVCA Team Academic Award should be directed to the AVCA's Manager of Awards, Brad Wilson, at bradley.wilson@avca.org.


2012-2013 Press Release


AVCA Breaks Another Record With 623 Teams Honored for Academic Excellence

Total overrides the previous mark of 536 schools set in 2011-12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 7, 2013) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 623 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2012-2013 season.  This number once again breaks the previous year's total of 536 and sets a new all-time high for this award. 

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

"Excellence doesn't happen by accident, either on the court or in the classroom," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "It
takes consistent preparation, relentless effort, and determined leadership. A full year of academic achievement, by an entire team of individual students, is a remarkable achievement.  What better way to start a new season than with a celebration of an award so emblematic of all that is necessary for sustained success."     

The AVCA Team Academic Award has become one of the AVCA's fastest growing awards programs, seeing an impressive surge in teams honored over the past several years. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but one, while amassing an overall 300% increase over the span of the last decade.  Since the award's inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 623.

NCAA Division I recorded their highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 130 programs while Division II surpassed last year's record of 69 winners with 77 this year.  Division III also set a new record with 93 winners and the high school division increased their all-time high of 220 recipients to 253.  Finally, the NAIA set a new record with 46 winners garnering the award.

Prior to 2012-2013, only 16 teams had attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in both earning the AVCA Team Academic Award and winning their respective collegiate national championship in the same academic year.  This year, the AVCA is proud to recognize two programs who excelled in the classroom and on the court: Concordia University-St. Paul (NCAA Division II) and Clearwater Christian College (NCCAA Division II).

Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 20-year history, with exactly 5,450 awards been given out in total.


Division                                   Number of recipients                Percent Breakdown*
NCAA Division I Women                        131                                     20.90%
NCAA Division II Women                        77                                      12.38%
NCAA Division III Women                       93                                      14.95%
NAIA Women + Men                                 46                                       7.40%  
Two-Year College                                    16                                       2.57%
Four-Year Independent                            1                                         0.16%
NCCAA                                                         1                                         0.16%
NCAA Collegiate Men                                5                                        0.96%
High School (Girls and Boys)                253                                    40.05%
     High School Girls                                229                                              
     High School Boys                                23
     Co-Ed                                                     1 
* Percentage is based on each category's breakdown of the total 2012-2013 Team Academic recipients.


You can find this year's list of recipients on our website by clicking HERE


2012-2013: 622

2011-12: 536

2010-11: 481
2009-10: 450
2008-09: 409
2007-08: 354
2006-07: 308
2005-06: 287
2004-05: 276
2003-04: 305
2002-03: 205
2001-02: 178
2000-01: 130
1999-00: 140
1998-99: 149
1997-98: 132
1996-97: 134
1995-96: 116
1994-95: 83
1993-94: 98
1992-93: 62


Historical AVCA Team Academic Award Information