Dec. 15, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced its annual Team Academic Awards honorees and for the fourth-straight season, Northern Illinois received recognition. The Huskies achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.29.
"We are exceptionally proud of our players achievements in the classroom," said interim head coach Jason Burr. "As a program, we always strive to obtain the highest standards possible both in the classroom and on the field. For our players to receive this recognition four years in a row demonstrates their eagerness to achieve academic success."
The team's award is the fourth-straight from the NSCAA. Of the 21 players who contributed to the GPA (freshman in the fall of 2011 are not eligible), 14 of NIU's players had grade point averages above 3.0. All 12 schools in the Mid-American Conference were honored by the NSCAA and 571 NCAA and NAIA women's soccer programs received distinction.
In closing, Burr said "We also want to acknowledge that our players would not have the success they do academically without the support of the staff in the Student-Athlete Academic Support Service department."
Based in Kansas City, Kan., the NSCAA is the largest soccer coaches' organization in the world. Since its founding in 1941, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has grown to include more than 30,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport.