KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America released its 2008 NSCAA College Team Academic Award Winners. A total of 364 soccer teams (104 men, 260 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2007-08 academic year. Of that total, 59 schools had both their men's and women's programs recognized, including Birmingham-Southern.
The women’s team posted a combined 3.57 while the men’s team had a 3.28. The women’s GPA tied them for the 5th highest team GPA in the country for all NCAA divisions and NAIA programs. They also posted the highest GPA of any school in the SCAC. Rhodes College was the only other SCAC school to have both their teams represented (women - 3.36, men – 3.28).
Coach Benji Walton had this to say about his team’s academic success this season: “I am extremely proud of the girls for this accomplishment. They work tirelessly on the road and behind the scenes off the field to achieve such great academics and I think this award is a great honor for all their hard work.”
Coach Preston Goldfarb felt the same, “I am really proud of our guys’ hard work on and off the field this season. It is no easy thing to hold above a 3.0 as a team at a school as demanding as Birmingham-Southern.”
A full list of the schools on this year’s list can be seen at the NSCAA website here.