Oct. 9, 2017
United Soccer Coaches Release
KANSAS CITY - United Soccer Coaches has announced its Team Academic Award recipients for the 2016-17 academic year and Marquette University men’s and women’s soccer were recognized for the ninth consecutive season, the organization announced.
Each year, the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA) honor college programs for their exemplary performance in the classroom that meet or exceed a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). A total of 827 soccer teams (287 men, 540 women) earned the award for the 2016-17 season, however, only 203 schools had both their men’s and women’s programs recognized.
The women’s squad has received the award 20 out of the last 21 seasons and three women had 4.0 grade point averages both the fall and spring semesters of 2016-17 (Caroline Fink, Kirsten Timmer and Courtney Dugan). Emily Hess, Lisa Roman, Erin Holland, Heather Handwork, Maddy Henry and Mary Kate Simon also posted one 4.0 semester last year.
Men's soccer's Luka Prpa recorded a 4.0 GPA each semester of the 2016-17 school year.
United Soccer Coaches is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization, with a goal of educating coaches, encouraging excellence and serving the soccer community.