The Lady Rattlers scored a perfect 1,000 on the academic measurement rubric that takes into account student-athletes making satisfactory progress toward graduation. Head Coach Darlene Moore places an emphasis on academics, beginning with the recruiting process. Moore’s team had a combined GPA of 3.10. That came on the heels of the team making history with its fifth consecutive MEAC Cross Country championship.
“I made a promise when I was hired to bring in the best and brightest,” Moore said. “There are two sides to the equation. Sometimes you find an athlete in the recruiting process who hasn’t dedicated themselves academically. Unfortunately, I do not pursue those athletes because the university is here to graduate FAMU students. When you find that athlete that has rounded themselves and put in the work on the field and in the classroom, that’s when I decide that the athlete would look good in Orange and Green.”
NCAA President Mark Emmert sent out the letters of recognition on July 26. The letter informed Moore that she and the Lady Rattlers were selected as winners of the NCAA Public Recognition Award. This honor indicates that the Lady Rattlers were ranked the Top 10 percent of all Division I schools.
“Your team has demonstrated excellence in the classroom and on the playing field, which sets a great example for all students,” Emmert said.
FAMU Director of Athletics Milton Overton complemented Moore and her team.
“The women’s cross country team at FAMU is the epitome of a championship squad. It is widely known that they are champions on the field and they do great work within the community. This honor from the NCAA underscores their commitment to graduating and getting it done in the classroom,” Overton said.