by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Georgia College & State University soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the third-straight year, as announced recently by the organization.
The award is given to teams posting a group GPA of 3.0 or higher. With a team GPA of 3.49, Georgia College is one out of three Peach Belt Conference (PBC) teams receiving this year's honor. Both Armstrong Atlantic State University and Columbus State University earned spots on the list with GPAs of 3.36 and 3.14, respectively.
Within the state of Georgia, the Bobcats were among one of 13 teams to receive this year's award. Aside from the other two PBC schools, those teams included Emory University, Covenant College, Piedmont College, the University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, LaGrange College, Mercer University, Agnes Scott College and the University of West Georgia. Of the 13 schools, the ‘Cats had the second highest team GPA, just behind Division III's Emory.
"We are obviously very proud of this recognition for the program," said head coach Juan Pablo Favero. "Our student-athletes continue to exemplify the highest standards of excellence on the field and in the classroom. This honor is especially meaningful to us because our players are accomplishing this in a highly challenging academic environment."
The Bobcats are tied for ninth among all Division II schools with their 3.49 GPA. Georgia College is also tied for 31st among all women's programs in all divisions. This includes 327 teams throughout the NAIA, JUCO, DIII, DII and DI.
Despite a difficult schedule, this was the third-straight double-digit win season for the Bobcats. Georgia College continues to be one of the top teams in the Peach Belt, suffering just one loss in PBC play, and landing six players to the All-PBC teams this season, more than any other school.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.