EADA Report for October 15, 2016

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1. On-The-Field Success

As a result of budget increases, scholarship and facility additions, plus other continued improvements over the last several decades, the University of Notre Dame has positioned all 26 of its varsity sports to compete for championships on an annual basis. That across-the-board success was exhibited in 2013-14 by Notre Dame’s third-place finish (its best ever) in the NACDA Directors’ Cup Division I all-sports competition. Notre Dame has finished in the top 27 every year since 1998-99.

Of the 30 all-time national championships won by Notre Dame, ight of the last nine NCAA titles have involved a women’s team (women’s and men’s combined fencing crowns in 1994, 2003, 2005 and 2011; women’s soccer in 1995, 2004 and 2010; women’s basketball in 2000-01; men’s soccer in 2013). From 1995-2003, Notre Dame was one of only four schools in all of NCAA Division I to win national championships in three different women’s sports.

Notre Dame teams won two Atlantic Coast Conference championships in 2013-14-in women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse-in the first season of play for Irish teams in that league. The Irish women’s basketball and men’s soccer teams claimed ACC regular-season titles (men’s soccer was co-champion).

The most distinguished of Notre Dame’s postseason finishes in 2013-14 included:
— An NCAA championship in men’s soccer, Notre Dame’s first title in that sport
A fourth straight NCAA Final Four appearance in women’s basketball, to go with a third NCAA title game appearance in those four years
— An NCAA runner-up finish in men’s lacrosse
A sixth-place NCAA finish in fencing (a combined men’s and women’s championship)
A program-best ninth-place NCAA finish in rowing
NCAA Round of 16 appearances in women’s soccer, women’s tennis and men’s tennis
— An NCAA regional semifinal appearance in men’s hockey
An NCAA second-round appearance in women’s lacrosse, plus a regional final appearance in softball.
— A victory over Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl in football
Additional NCAA Championship finishes by Irish teams included 16th in women’s swimming and diving, 17th in men’s indoor track and field, 23rd in men’s cross country, 29th in women’s cross country, 29th in women’s indoor track and field, 30th in men’s swimming and diving, 32nd in women’s outdoor track and field, 53rd in women’s golf and 64th in men’s outdoor track and field.

Final national poll rankings in their respective sports for Notre Dame programs in 2013-14 included:
— 1st in men’s soccer
2nd in women’s basketball
— 2nd in men’s lacrosse
4th in women’s fencing
— 6th in men’s fencing
9th in rowing
— 11th in hockey
11th in women’s lacrosse
13th in women’s soccer
— 13th in men’s tennis
19th in women’s tennis
— 19th in men’s cross country
— 20th in football
20th in softball
23rd in women’s cross country
24th in women’s swimming and diving
54th in women’s golf

Bobby Clark (men’s soccer) and Muffet McGraw (women’s basketball) were honored as consensus national coaches of the year in their respective sports, McGraw for the second consecutive year. Three Notre Dame head coaches received ACC coach-of-the-year plaques in 2013-14: Clark (men’s soccer), McGraw (women’s basketball) and Joe Piane (women’s indoor and outdoor track and field).

Many Notre Dame athletes enjoyed individual success throughout the 2013-14 seasons, including 24 first-team All-America citations earned by Irish athletes:
Emma Reaney (women’s swimming) won an individual title in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, breaking the American record after setting it in that same event at the ACC Championships.
— Gerek Meinhardt (men’s foil) and Lee Kiefer (women’s foil) won individual championships at the NCAA Fencing Championships.
— Harrison Shipp (men’s soccer) was named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player.
— Shipp,Kayla McBride (women’s basketball) and Reaney (women’s swimming and diving) were named ACC Players of the Year in their respective sports.
Reaney (women’s swimming) was named the ACC Women’s Swimming Championship Most Valuable Swimmer, while Matt Kavanagh (men’s lacrosse) and Jewell Loyd (women’s basketball) both were named ACC Tournament MVPs in their respective sports.
— Greg Andrews (men’s tennis) received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award.
Margaret Smith (women’s lacrosse) was named the ILWomen Co-Defender of the Year.
Morgan Andrews (women’s soccer) and Karley Wester (softball) were named the ACC Freshman of the Year in their respective sports.

2. Academic Success

Poised to become the premier center for Catholic intellectual life, the University of Notre Dame is a community of students and teachers dedicated to making the world a better place. As a Catholic university, Notre Dame espouses Christian values and principles that include the development not only of the intellect and the spirit but also the body. Throughout its long and proud history, Notre Dame has embraced the philosophy that a well-rounded athletics program–including club, intramural and intercollegiate competition–comprises an integral part of its educational mission. This philosophy reflects the pursuit of excellence in intercollegiate athletics within the framework of an academic community committed to the University’s educational and religious objectives. The commitment to these objectives is evident in the impressive statistics and honors awarded by the NCAA to Notre Dame for the academic success of its student-athletes. Whether measured by the federal government in its Department of Education report or by the NCAA through its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures, graduation rates for Notre Dame student-athletes continue to rank among the national leaders in all major categories among all Football Bowl Subdivision colleges and universities, according to the statistics released in 2013-14 by the NCAA.

Here’s a summary of the various graduation rate numbers released by the NCAA during the 2013-14 academic year, including details of the NCAA-sponsored GSR and APR surveys, as well as federal rates compiled by the Department of Education (all rankings and comparisons are based on the Football Bowl Subdivision institutions):

A. Graduation Success Rate (four-class averages based on entering classes of 2003 through 2006)
— Notre Dame ranked first among all FBS programs with a .909 percentage as 20 of 22 sports recorded 100 scores.
— In specific sports, Notre Dame ranked tied for first in men’s basketball (100), women’s basketball (100) and hockey (100) and ranked fourth in football (93). — Notre Dame ranked first among all student-athletes (98), male student-athletes (98), female student-athletes (100) and black student-athletes (96). — Notre Dame produced 10 men’s scores that ranked first within their respective sports (baseball, basketball, cross country/track and field, fencing, golf, hockey, soccer, swimming and tennis at 100; lacrosse at 96). All 11 women’s sports ranked first, all with 100 scores.

B. Academic Progress Rate (four-class compilation from 2009-10 through 2012-13)
— Notre Dame ranked first among FBS programs with 15 sports receiving APR public recognition awards for ranking in the top 10 percent of squads in that sport–10 men’s sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field) and five women’s sports (cross country, golf, softball, swimming and diving, and volleyball).
— Eleven Notre Dame sports registered perfect 1000 scores–men’s cross country, men’s fencing, men’s golf, men’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, women’s cross country, women’s softball, women’s swimming and diving, and volleyball. Eleven other teams produced scores of 991 or higher.

C. Federal Graduation Rate (entering classes of 2003 through 2006)
— Notre Dame ranked second among FBS programs for female student-athletes (93), third for all student-athletes (91), tied for third among male student-athletes (84), fifth among black student-athletes (79) and ninth among football student-athletes (at 75).
— Notre Dame produced five men’s scores that ranked first within their respective sports-fencing, golf, hockey and tennis at 100, lacrosse at 93. Basketball at 83 was second, swimming at 95 was third and soccer at 88 was third. Five women’s programs at 100 ranked first (rowing, golf, lacrosse, tennis and volleyball). Cross country/track and field at 94 was second.

2013-14 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team
The Atlantic Coast Conference annually recognizes student-athletes who excel in athletics and also achieve annual grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher. During 2013-14, 101 Irish student-athletes who competed in the ACC were named to their respective sport’s ACC All-Academic Teams- including four individuals who were selected the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their respective sports: Harrison Shipp in men’s soccer, Emma Reaney in women’s swimming and diving, Chris Giesting in both men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and Anna Kottkamp in rowing.

Individual sport representation on the All-Academic Teams included six Notre Dame student-athletes from men’s cross country, five from women’s cross country, six from men’s soccer, three from women’s soccer, one from women’s basketball, six from men’s swimming and diving, six from women’s swimming and diving, 11 from men’s indoor track and field, five from women’s indoor track and field, three from baseball, four from women’s golf, two from men’s golf, six from men’s lacrosse, three from women’s lacrosse, 11 from rowing, three from softball, two from women’s tennis, three from men’s tennis, seven from men’s outdoor track and field and six from women’s outdoor track and field.

2013-14 ACC Academic Honor Roll
The ACC annually recognizes every student-athlete at member institutions competing in any sport and achieving a 3.0 grade-point average. In 2013-14 Notre Dame had 389 student-athletes earn that distinction, including 19 in baseball, three in men’s basketball, five in women’s basketball, 51 in men’s cross country/track and field, 45 in women’s cross country/track and field, 21 in men’s fencing, 10 in women’s fencing, eight in men’s golf, six in women’s golf, six in hockey, 29 in men’s lacrosse, 24 in women’s lacrosse, 45 in rowing, 20 in men’s soccer, 19 in women’s soccer, 11 in softball, 23 in men’s swimming and diving, 17 in women’s swimming and diving, nine in men’s tennis, 10 in women’s tennis and eight in volleyball.

2013-14 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
One of only two schools with more than 200 student-athletes who have earned Academic All-America distinction, Notre Dame added seven to that total in 2013-14. Since the program’s inception in 1952, Notre Dame has produced 238 Academic All-Americans, second behind Nebraska. Those honored in 2013-14 were:

Ashley Armstrong Women’s Golf 2nd Team
Patrick Hodan Men’s Soccer 3rd Team
Gerek Meinhardt Men’s Fencing 1st Team
Emma Reaney Women’s Swimming 1st Team
Logan Renwick Men’s CC/T&F 1st Team
Harrison Shipp Men’s Soccer 1st Team

Shipp also was selected the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for Division I Men’s Soccer.

Elizabeth Tucker Women’s Soccer 1st Team

Repeat winners from 2012-13 were Armstrong , Renwick, Shipp and Tucker .

Here are other major honors received in 2013-14 by Notre Dame student-athletes:
— NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships: Harrison Shipp (men’s soccer), Elizabeth Tucker (women’s soccer) and Greg Andrews (men’s tennis).
— ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Post-Graduate Scholarships: Harrison Shipp (men’s soccer/honorary recipient), Elizabeth Tucker (women’s soccer), Jennifer Kellner (women’s tennis) and Greg Andrews (men’s tennis). — NCAA Elite 89 Award (goes to the student-athlete participating at the NCAA Championship level with the highest grade-point average): Michael Shipp (men’s soccer) and Anna Kottkamp (rowing). — NCAA Woman of the Year: Elizabeth Tucker (women’s soccer) was named one of nine finalists (one of three from Division I).

The University further committed itself to the goal of providing a top quality education by constructing in 2001 the state-of-the-art Coleman-Morse building that houses the Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes. This continued emphasis on education provides Notre Dame with the unmatched distinction of success of student-athletes in academics and on the field.

3. Funding

In 1987 the University of Notre Dame athletics department conducted an extensive assessment of funding available for its Olympic sports programs. Since that initial review, every sport has been examined annually to help determine coaching needs, operating budget, travel and scholarships, facilities, support services, promotions and scheduling. Significant increases in resources for the Olympic sports programs have been developed through budget adjustments, endowment funds, outside contributions and a major marketing effort. Of particular note are budgetary increases for the women’s programs. In 1986-87 the total operating budget for women’s athletics was $880,820.50; in 2013-2014 that amount reached $15.21 million. The “budgetary outlay” for Notre Dame women’s sports has included a significant 14-year jump from 1999-2000 ($5.83 million) to 2013-14 ($15.21 million), an increase of more than $9 million as the amount has more than doubled during that 14-year span.

4. Participation and Financial Aid

The dramatic increase in the number of University of Notre Dame varsity sport offerings for women attempts to parallel the increase in the size of the undergraduate female population. In 1978 only 23 percent of the undergraduate population was female. That female ratio grew to 28 percent in 1982 and then to 33 percent in 1987. Five years later (in 1992) 38 percent of the undergraduate population was female, and the athletic department continued to chase a moving target. By October 2013 the undergraduate population was 47.4 percent female. From 1988 to 2013, the percentage of total budgeted grants-in-aid awarded to women increased from 19.0 percent of total grants-in-aid to 42.6 percent of total grants-in aid. Together with fulfilling its commitment to add two new women’s programs (lacrosse in 1996 and rowing in 1998), Notre Dame completed a five-year plan in 2000 that resulted in the addition of 22 scholarships to new and existing women’s programs. Additionally, under the leadership of former athletics director Kevin White, the athletic department completed a four-year plan to provide all 26 varsity sports with the maximum number of scholarships permitted under NCAA regulations. The plan was completed in 2004-05. Among other goals this plan added 36 additional scholarships to Notre Dame women’s varsity programs.

The University would like to provide additional information concerning Table 6 (Athletically Related Student Aid). First, the athletic student aid detailed in Table 6 includes funding provided for athletes to attend summer school. Athletes are recommended for summer school by their coaches or by the Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes. Once enrolled in summer school, the amount of aid granted to a student-athlete is proportionate to the amount of aid the student received during the prior academic year. Therefore sports that predominantly award full scholarships realize a proportionately higher amount of summer school aid for their athletes. For example, athletically-related student aid reflects football program summer aid, which accounts for 49.5 percent of student summer aid. Second, although all women’s programs are fully-funded by the University, the number of scholarships actually awarded is at the discretion of head coaches. During the 2013-14 athletic year, women’s sports used 122 of 136 scholarships allotted to their programs.

5. Facilities

The University of Notre Dame boasts some of the nation’s best athletic facilities for its varsity teams. The past two decades have seen Notre Dame athletics experience a tremendous growth, both in terms of number of programs and number and quality of facilities. The 1970s saw the addition of women’s athletics and, at the same time, several men’s programs gained varsity status. Notre Dame currently sponsors 26 varsity sports (13 men’s and 13 women’s), all of which have earned or are on their way to national prominence. Along with the growth has come a vast expansion of the University’s facilities for its intercollegiate athletic teams.

In 2002-03 the athletic department’s master plan for upgrading, renovating and adding new facilities was presented to the University’s administration to incorporate into its overall master plan being developed for the University’s future growth. Included in the athletic plans were improvements to enhance the facilities available for all 26 varsity sports over a 10-year span. Now that the facilities addressed in that plan virtually all have come to fruition, the athletics department is in the process of creating a new master plan that will address additional facility needs in the decade to come.

Here’s a listing of Notre Dame’s athletic facilities, including their most recent additions and improvements: — Notre Dame Stadium– Originally opened in 1930 and enlarged to its current capacity of 80,795 in 1997, it serves as the home to Notre Dame football and qualifies as one of the most historic campus football facilities anywhere in the country. The Campus Crossroads Project, the largest construction project in the University’s history, will begin in November 2014 and add structures to the east, west and south sides of the stadium for academic and student life divisions (all construction to be concluded in time for the 2017 football season).

— Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center– A $26.3 million renovation reopened the facility for the 2009-10 men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball seasons, with all-new, blue, chair-back seating for 9,149 fans. The Rosenthal Atrium is the new, three-level southern entrance to the building and includes ticket offices and a varsity shop. A center-hung scoreboard and video board was added in 2010-11.

— Joyce Center Fieldhouse (north dome)– The former upstairs fencing gym is now home for conditioning and dry land training for the Irish rowing program. The north dome also includes a portable court used for volleyball practices. The Pit (used as an additional basketball practice site) features the floor used for the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship regional held at Notre Dame.

— Castellan Family Fencing Center– The $1.4 million facility that opened in October 2012 with new locker rooms, coaching offices, team room, armorer’s office and storage, and 20 new strips for practice and competition serves as the home of the Irish men’s and women’s fencing programs. The competition site is the former hockey rink in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse.

— Compton Family Ice Arena– The $50 million facility that opened in October 2011, with seating for 5,000 spectators as well as an additional Olympic-sized sheet of ice to serve University and community needs, is home to Notre Dame hockey.

— Arlotta Stadium– Opened for the 2010 seasons, it’s the 2,500-seat home for Irish men’s and women’s lacrosse.

— Alumni Stadium– Opened in fall 2009, it’s the 2,500-seat home for Notre Dame men’s and women’s soccer.

— Melissa Cook Stadium– The $4.9 million home for Irish softball since 2008 has seating for 1,250 fans. New batting cages were constructed in 2011.

— LaBar Practice Complex– Opened in 2008 as the practice facility for Notre Dame football, it includes two FieldTurf fields and one grass field, plus lights and video towers.

— Guglielmino Athletics Complex– The 96,000-square-foot facility that serves as the day-to-day home for Notre Dame football opened in 2005. It’s equipped with football offices, meeting rooms and a football locker room, plus training, strength and conditioning, and meeting facilities used by all 26 varsity athletic programs.

— Robert and Marilyn Rolfs Family All-Season Varsity Golf Facility– The $2.1 million indoor golf structure includes locker and team rooms, coaches offices, a 5,000-square-foot indoor pitching and putting area, six heated indoor/outdoor hitting bays and a state-of-the-art video analysis system. It opened prior to the 2006-07 season and benefits the Irish men’s and women’s golf teams.

— Warren Golf Course– Opened in 2000 and the home course for both the Irish men’s and women’s golf teams, this Coore and Crenshaw course is ranked as the one of the top 15 collegiate courses nationally and most recently played host to the 2011 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship Central Regional.

— Frank Eck Stadium– Opened in 1994 as the 2,000-seat home to Irish baseball, it received a major upgrade in 2011 as the home clubhouse was remodeled and named the Pat Murphy Locker Room. A full FieldTurf surface was added in 2014.

— Eck Tennis Pavilion– Opened in 1987, it’s the year-around indoor home to the Irish men’s and women’s tennis squads.

— Loftus Center– Opened in 1987, it’s the indoor home of Notre Dame’s track and field program, as well as the indoor practice facility for Irish football (includes a full-size football field) and various other teams. A new FieldTurf surface was installed in 2013-14.

— Haggar Fitness Complex– Originally opened in 1987, it doubled in size when the Gug opened in 2005. It contains strength and conditioning facilities for all Irish sports teams, including a 45-yard artificial turf field for speed work, a Gatorade hydration station and offices for the strength staff.

— Rolfs Aquatic Center– Opened in 1987 on the east side of the Joyce Center, it’s home to the Irish men’s and women’s swimming squads. Locker room renovations were completed for 2011.

— Stinson Field– Dedicated in 2013, it features a FieldTurf surface as home for Irish rugby, as well as for use by club teams, intramural sports, varsity camps and occasional varsity soccer practices.

Several other projects are planned to help bring all of Notre Dame’s varsity programs into state-of-the-art settings for their practices and competition. Construction for these additional projects will begin once they are fully funded and designed. Proposed future projects include enhancements to facilities in outdoor track and field (to complement the new track that opened in 2010), indoor tennis and rowing.

6. Celebrating History

Notre Dame opened its doors to female students in 1972 and from that time has demonstrated a commitment to creating well-supported opportunities for female student-athletes. Beginning that year, Notre Dame added 14 varsity women’s sports (with one dropped) during that 42-year span (field hockey was dropped in 1988 due to dwindling student interest, lack of regional competition and scheduling problems). Fencing and tennis were the first women’s sports to gain official varsity status, beginning in the 1976-77 academic year. The two most recent additions to women’s sports, lacrosse and rowing, gained their respective varsity status in 1996 and 1998. These additions bring the number of women’s sports to 13, matching the number of offerings for men.

Notre Dame in 2013 installed a new display on a wall of the Joyce Center (near the athletics department offices) to celebrate 40 years of women’s athletics at the University.