Nov. 25, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -For the ninth straight year, Western Carolina women's soccer received the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Team Academic Award with a 3.45 team GPA.
The Catamounts were recognized as one of 593 programs who received the award from over 990 eligible from DIV I, II, III women's soccer programs. Western Carolina was ranked number two of the seven Southern Conference teams awarded this year. Out of the 593 teams in all divisions awarded Western is ranked in the top 95 schools and ranked in the top 38 of all division I schools awarded.
"This is one of our team goals every year and has been a standard of excellence in our program for many years now, said Head Women's Soccer Coach Chad Miller. "We take a lot pride in our academics as a team and our players are committed to being successful as students athletes here at WCU."
To earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award, teams must post at minimum 3.0 GPA cumulative for the entire team for the previous academic year.
"We talk about academics a lot in the recruiting process and with our current players all the time," Miller added. "We hold the girls in the program to a high standard in everything they do, so it is very rewarding for us as a group to receive this award for the past nine years. This award is a direct reflection of the type people we have in our program here at WCU and also the guidance and support our players get from the entire academic support team within the athletic department."
Sixteen of the twenty four soccer players on the roster from the 2012/13 academic year had a 3.5 GPA or higher placing them on the Dean's List. The team also posted and impressive eleven perfect 4.0 GPA's during the two semesters as well.