Illinois Receives NSCAA Team Academic Award
Nov. 19, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced their 2011-12 Team Academic Award list today, in which the University of Illinois women's soccer team not only received the honor but also ranked 20th in the nation amongst all Division-I schools.
The NSCAA annually recognizes college soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their work on the pitch. A total of 504 women's soccer teams, 75% of all Division-1, posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the prestigious award.
In the last academic school year, the Illini achieved a 3.53 GPA, ranking as the top Big Ten school. Furthermore, the Orange and Blue have now won the NSCAA honor for the 12 consecutive year.
"We are proud of our performance on the field and in the classroom," said Illini head coach Janet Rayfield. "As the Aristotle quote states, 'Excellence is a habit.' We hope that we are instilling that habit in our student athletes on and off the field. This recognition shows that we are succeeding in that endeavor."