NSCAA Recognizes Spartan Soccer Teams for 2014-15 College Team Academic Award

Sep 23, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 23, 2015) - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) annually recognizes college and high school soccer programs which have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their commitment on the field. A total of 859 soccer teams (305 men, 554 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA College Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 academic year. Of that total, 208 schools had both their men's and women's programs recognized and the University of Dubuque was among those 208 schools.

The men's team has been awarded the honors in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, while the women's team achieved the honor in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Head Men's coach Brad Johson added, "The University of Dubuque men's soccer program and our student-athletes recognize the importance of academic success. We believe this to be an integral part of well-balanced collegiate experience."

"This award means a lot to our soccer program especially since we have won it eight years straight," commented head women's coach Jason Berna. "It really shows that we are able to succeed on the classroom as well as on the field.  This is truly a team effort that is earned all year round with what these fantastic young women do in all their classes."

The Spartans women's team is ranked #24 in the country and #2 in the North Region in the latest NSCAA Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., NSCAA is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.

The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game, from professional to grassroots. The membership also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members opportunities to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.