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UD excels again in latest Academic Progress Rates

Dayton once again shined in the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rates. According to the latest numbers, which are based on data from the 2009-10 to 2012-13 school years, UD placed nine teams in the top 10 percent, tying George Washington for the most in the Atlantic 10 and leading all Ohio colleges.

Dayton had the only women’s basketball team in the A-10 make the top 10 percent and one of only six schools in the country that earned the honor while making the NCAA tournament this season. The football and men’s golf team made the top 10 percent for the ninth straight year.

Dayton is the only school in the A-10 to have both the men’s and women’s cross country team honored.

“You really can’t take it for granted, but it’s no surprise here,” said UD Vice President and Director of Athletics Tim Wabler. “It’s really in our culture. Certainly the coaches really stress (academics) with the student-athlete. The student-athletes have every opportunity here with the academic advisers and the support team they have to do well.”

New tradition: For the first time, UD held a separate ceremony for graduates who couldn’t make the commencement ceremony on Sunday because they were participating in athletic events. Seventeen athletes from the baseball, women’s track team and rowing team received their diplomas Wednesday morning.

Men’s basketball: Dayton is expected to get a visit from Hallice Cooke, a 6-foot-3 guard who is transferring from Oregon State after averaging 8.2 points as a freshman. He visited Iowa State on May 2.

• Men’s basketball coach Archie Miller was named the Ohio college coach of the year by the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday.

• Wabler said UD is “getting real close” to finishing the men’s basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season. With A-10 teams playing 18 conference games instead of 16, they have two less non-conference games to find. Among the home games are return visits from Georgia Tech and Ole Miss. Wabler did confirm Xavier will not be on the schedule.

Open house: Fans are invited to a premium seating open house at UD Arena from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Fans can tour the Boesch Lounge and Time Warner Flight Deck. Suites and luxury loge seats are available to reserve for the full season, half season or for multiple and single-game packages.

Softball: Six Flyers received All-Atlantic 10 honors on Tuesday. Senior first baseman Alysha Isaacson and junior designated player Tiffany Ricks were named to the first team. Senior outfielder Rachel Archer, junior pitcher Kayla English and senior catcher Kasi Vazquez made the second team. Freshman Gabrielle Snyder made the all-rookie team as a hitter and pitcher.

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