I attended UNCW for my freshman year of college and ran cross country, indoor and outdoor track for the University. I was disappointed by the lack of authority from the coaching staff as well as the motivation from other team members. I transferred to Stockton University and did not compete in any athletics there. While at UNCW I was able to balance school and athletics but it was difficult. I was no impressed by the coaching staff whom which lacked authoritative attributes which was reflected in actions by the team members.
There were many services available to support the students academically. Examples were free tutoring in most major subject areas, study hall hours, first choice in classes, and specific student-athlete advisors.
Initially, getting into the balance of being an athlete and student and making time for all necessary activities. I personally did not care for the coaching staff at the University. They lacked authoritative figure attributes and were not motivational. Many of the other students were not focused on athletics, for example partying excessively and showing up late to practice. The track at the University was very old and torn up, but they have since repaired it.
The coaching staff has since been replaced. But I would recommend motivating the athletes to keep their focus on school and athletics rather than partying.