Nov. 28, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - For the eighth straight year, Western Carolina women's soccer received the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Team Academic Award with a 3.39 team GPA.
The Catamounts were recognized as one of 504 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 nine Southern Conference teams awarded this year.
"This is one of our team goals every year and it is something the players and I take a lot of pride in," said Head Women's Soccer Coach Chad Miller. "It has become a standard for this program over the last eight years and is one of my favorite awards because it is a reflection of the entire team and what we strive to achieve on and off the field."
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. We hold the girls in the program to a high standard, so it is very rewarding to see this as a part of our program for the past eight years." Miller said. "This award is a direct reflection of the type people we have in our program here at WCU and shows our players know what the word student athlete truly means."
Twenty seven of the twenty eight soccer players on the roster from the 2011/12 academic year had a 3.0 GPA or better with fifteen of them boasting a 3.5 GPA or higher placing them on the Deans List.