Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate's Timo Foerster has not only been a successful men's soccer player since stepping foot on campus as a freshman in 2008, he has more than excelled in the classroom. After earning Capital One First Team Academic All-District honors last month, he has received even loftier honors in being selected as a Capital One Academic All-American with the release of the NCAA Division I Academic All-America teams Thursday.
The Capital One Academic All-America program is administered by CoSIDA, the College Sports information Directors of America. It is the premiere Academic All-America program in the nation. Foerster earned First Team Academic All-District selection in District IV which includes schools in the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and the nation of Puerto Rico. He was placed in the running for Academic All-America and secured third team honors when the teams were released today.
Foerster, a senior from Oberkirk, Germany, is the only player from the Atlantic Sun Conference to earn Academic All-America honors in 2011. He becomes the eighth Academic All-America selection in the history of the Upstate athletic department, including the fourth men's soccer player. He joins former Spartans Darren Ambrose (men's soccer, 1993), Marlon Burgess (men's soccer, 1994), Sean Hartley (men's soccer, 1996), Diana Martinez (women's tennis, 2007 and 2008), Josh Gallman (men's golf, 2010) and Nick Schneiders (men's basketball, 2010) on the all-time list from Upstate.
Foerster has been the epitome of the student-athlete during his time at Upstate. In the classroom, he owns a 3.96 GPA as an accounting major. He is a three-time selection to the A-Sun All-Academic team and is an A-Sun Conference Scholar. He has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in four of the six semesters he has completed at the University, earning a B+ in one class in two different semesters. He is also a three-time member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Upstate and will graduate later this month with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting from the George Dean Johnson, Jr., College of Business and Economics.
On the field, Foerster has been a building block in the foundation of the program on the Division I level. He came to Upstate as a freshman in 2008, the Spartans' second season playing on the DI level. He was a starter from the beginning of his collegiate career. He finished his career with 26 points on five goals and 16 assists. He collected three game-winning goals in his four years.
An unselfish player, Foerster played as a central attacking midfielder. Although he scored five goals in his career, he was used mainly as the catalyst to start the offensive attack for the Spartans. A skilled player who could distribute the ball, he led the team in assists each year since his sophomore season. He totaled all 16 career assists in the last three years alone.
Foerster is Upstate's top offensive player during the Division I era at Upstate. He ranks first in seven categories during the era, including points (26), assists (16), shots on goal (40) and game-winning goals (3). He currently ranks in the top 10 in the A-Sun in assists.