KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced on Thursday, Oct. 6 that the UCSC women's soccer team earned the Team Academic Award for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Slugs were one of 893 soccer teams (315 men, 578 women) to earn the NSCAA Academic Award with an overall GPA of 3.25. Their GPA was the highest in the UC system, beating the University of California which had a team GPA of 3.18.
Women's soccer joins men's soccer as a part of an elite group of NSCAA double-honorees. The men's program was honored with a 3.38 overall team GPA which was the highest men's team GPA in the UC system edging out the University of California, San Diego.
The NSCAA Team Academic Award is given to those teams that exemplify a strong commitment to academics, recognizing teams with an overall grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher during the 2015-2016 academic year. The award is a reflection of the strong emphasis that the team places on academics and their role as student-athletes.
"I am extremely pleased that for another consecutive year our team has earned the NSCAA Team scholar award," said head coach Emily Scheese. "Their hard work and dedication both in the classroom and on the field continues to show how strong academics are not just an additional but a central part of who we are as a team. That they have achieved the highest women's UC GPA representing UC Santa Cruz once again is most impressive and reflects our strong work ethic."
With these awards, the men's and women's soccer programs continue the long history of academic success with the athletic department at UC Santa Cruz. This past year the women's basketball team posted a team GPA of 3.71 which was 4th highest in the nation. In addition, 14 teams achieved a 3.00 GPA or higher during the 2015-2016 year with an overall student-athlete GPA of 3.20.
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