Buff Brains

Our student-athletes hit the books as hard as the boards. Just ask the NCAA. In its latest multiyear data on Division I Academic Progress Rate, 21 BU teams exceeded their sport’s national average—and 7 of them posted perfect scores.

But this year, we took things up a notch. After decades with the America East Conference, which BU helped found in 1979, we threw in with the Patriot League. It’s all part of President Brown’s drive to enroll ever-smarter students. Since 1998, the Patriot League has boasted the highest graduation rates for student-athletes among Division I conferences.

“We are very impressed by the academic quality of the institutions in the Patriot League and by the league’s commitment to student athletics while effectively competing at the NCAA Division I level,” he says.

“BU has a strong tradition of excellence in academics and Division I athletics, both of which reflect the core values of the Patriot League,” says Carolyn Schlie Femovich, the league’s executive director. “They will strengthen the league both in the classroom and on the field of play.”

2013 Was a Year of Firsts for BU Athletics

MEN’S VARSITY LACROSSE ARRIVES

Lacrosse was officially designated as a club sport in 1972, but has been played at the club level on campus since the 1920s. The University recently recruited Yale assistant lacrosse coach Ryan Polley to lead its new men’s varsity lacrosse team.

NEW SPORTS LEAGUE FOR TERRIERS

The University becomes the tenth full member of the Patriot League. Since 1998, the league has posted the highest graduation rates for student-athletes among Division I conferences.

FIRST FIELD HOCKEY HOME GAME IN 11 YEARS

Even while practicing and playing off-site, BU’s field hockey team remained nationally ranked. Thanks to a new field, they will play their first home game on campus in 11 years.

FIRST NEW HOCKEY COACH IN 40 SEASONS

Alum David Quinn replaced legendary men’s ice hockey coach Jack Parker (SMG’68, Hon.’97), who retires after 40 years at the helm and 894 regular season victories. Quinn (CAS’89) was most recently assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, and formerly associate head coach at BU.

ELEVATED PLAYING FIELD UNVEILED

New Balance Field, the $24 million, 110,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art practice and playing field, offers stadium seating for 500.