Upstate Soccer Teams Receive NSCAA Team Academic Award

Spartanburg, S.C. – Continuing in a long history of academic success, the men's and women's soccer teams at USC Upstate have earned the Team Academic Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for their hard work during the 2011-12 academic year.

The NSCAA solicits nominations for the Team Academic Award during the summer and announces its award winners in November for the previous academic year. Upstate was one of 154 colleges in NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and the junior college ranks to have both its men's and women's programs earn the honor in 2011-12. It marks the third straight year both Upstate soccer teams have earned the award. Programs are recognized for achieving a team average GPA of 3.0 or better.

"We are very proud of the strong academic tradition that both our soccer programs have established in our department," said Mike Hall, Director of Athletics at Upstate. "Both programs have traditionally been at or near the top of our departmental GPA averages. We could not be more excited that they continue to be recognized nationally for their excellence in the classroom."

The women's soccer team posted a 3.26 GPA for the 2011-12 academic year. The program posted the fourth-highest GPA in the Upstate Athletic Department in each semester last year, finishing with a 3.31 GPA in the Fall 2011 semester and a 3.10 GPA in the Spring 2012 semester.

The men's soccer team posted a GPA of 3.01 for the academic year. The program posted a 3.04 GPA in the Fall 2011 semester and a 2.98 GPA in the Spring 2012 semester. The program was the third-highest men's team in the department in the fall and the second-best in the spring.

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