NCAA recognizes ASU Bowling APR success

JONESBORO ( - The Arkansas State women's bowling team was publicly recognized by the NCAA on Wednesday for achieving a multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) that ranks among the top 10 percent of all bowling squads in the nation.

The NCAA made a public recognition announcement today as part of the 2014 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP), and the Red Wolves were among four other programs highlighted for demonstrating a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within women's bowling.

A-State posted a perfect 1000 score in each of the last four years to achieve a perfect multiyear APR of 1000 as well.  Joining Arkansas State as the other teams to be publicly recognized for the four-year period ending in 2012-13 were Louisiana Tech, North Carolina AT&T State, Tulane and Vanderbilt.

"It is an honor to recruit kids who are not only great athletes, but also great students," said A-State head bowling coach Justin Kostick.  "Scoring a 1000 is an example of what well-rounded people we've been able to recruit and bring into our program."

A-State, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation for a large part of the 2013-14 season, collected a school-record 91 regular-season victories and made its seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Women's Bowling Championships.  Kostick was named the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Division I Coach of the Year for the second time of his career, while junior Sarah Lokker became the Red Wolves first NTCA Player of the Year.