GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's soccer program received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award, the NSCAA announced Friday. The Spartans finished just out of the top-25 in the nation in team grade-point average and UNCG is one of just 150 teams in the nation to earn team academic honors in both men's and women's soccer.
"UNCG has a very storied soccer tradition and this honor only adds to it," head coach Justin Maullin
said. "We have had some very successful, highly-decorated players play here, but this award is also indicative of the kind of student-athletes we recruit and bring to UNCG. I am very proud of the team collectively, and expect our success in the classroom to only continue."
The men's soccer team posted a 3.21 team grade-point average for the 2011-12 academic year to earn its first team honor in program history since the NSCAA started the award in 1996. Last year, the Spartans placed four members on the Southern Conference All-Academic Team for the fall in Peyton Ford
, Daniel Shook, Oddur Gudmundsson
and Brian Graham
To earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award, teams must post at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic year. A total of 718 college soccer teams (220 men, 498 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year.
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