Men's and Women's Soccer Net Team Academic Awards

Nov. 16, 2012

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Both the University of Memphis men's and women's soccer programs earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Memphis is one of 148 schools to have both their men's and women's programs receive the honor. A total of 717 college soccer teams (220 men, 497 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award.

The Memphis men's team earns the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the fifth time in program history and fifth-straight season. The Tigers posted a 3.25 team GPA. South Carolina (3.41 GPA) joins Memphis as the only C-USA men's soccer programs to receive the honor.

"I am really pleased for Bob Baker and all the people who have worked with our team from Athletic Academic Services," men's soccer head coach Richie Grant said. "It's really encouraging when our players are doing well on the field and in the classroom.

The Lady Tigers earn the academic award for the sixth-straight season and the ninth time in program history. The Lady Tigers posted a 3.47 GPA which tied Marshall for the best among the 10 Conference USA women's soccer programs that also received the recognition. UCF, Colorado College, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, UTEP, Tulsa and ECU join Memphis and Marshall as representatives from C-USA to earn the award.

"Academics are the number one thing we stress," women's soccer head coach Brooks Monaghan said. "Our philosophy is that academics come first, soccer second and social life third and if you don't live your life that way you will not succeed. I think the award says a lot about the character of the girls, to not only get it done on the field, but also in the classroom. I am very proud the group of girls we have."



The University of Memphis Center for Athletic Academic Services has diligently worked to provide support services to ensure that U of M student-athletes succeed in the classroom and obtain undergraduate degrees. Coach Grant and Coach Monaghan would like to thank Bob Baker and Bridget VanLandeghem for their past and present work with the men's and women's soccer programs.

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