Dec. 16, 2011
CINCINNATI – For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Team Academic Award, the NSCAA announced Dec. 2.
The 2011 NSCAA Team Academic Award recognizes collegiate soccer programs that achieved a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale during the entire 2010-11 academic year.
“We are honored to receive this award for the sixth consecutive year,” UC head coach Michelle Salmon said. “We pride ourselves on being champions in the classroom, on the field and in the community. This award affirms our commitment to excellence in the classroom. As a coach I couldn’t be more proud of the work our players have put in and the success they’ve achieved.”
The Bearcats have now received the NSCAA Team Award during all four years of Salmon’s UC tenure. Since its inception in 1996, UC has earned the NCSAA Team Academic Award seven times (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011).
Cincinnati is off to a strong start to earning the award next year after recording a team GPA of 3.22 during the 2011 fall quarter. Seniors Logan Ballinger and Kay Young led the way with perfect 4.0 GPAs. Overall, 22 members of the team achieved at least a GPA of 3.0., while 12 made the dean’s list with at least a 3.4 GPA.
With the support system provided by UC’s esteemed academic services department, Salmon is not surprised by her team’s continuous academic accomplishments.
“Looking across the board at all of UC’s sports programs, our students are provided with the best resources to be successful because we have one of the best academic services in the nation,” said Salmon.