Nov. 13, 2013
IRVING, Texas – Merely 24 hours after having been named to the Conference USA third team, Marshall co-captain Zach Hunter (Marietta, Ga.) has added another postseason award as the league named Hunter to the C-USA All-Academic team on Wednesday.
“What can you say about Zach that hasn’t already been said,” coach Bob Gray said. “He is a class act that gives his all into anything he does. It would not surprise me if one team in his future he has a significant impact on whatever area he pursues. We are proud of him and will miss him but wish him only best for his future.”
The honor marks the second time Hunter has been named to the All-Academic team, after first receiving the honor in 2012. This is the eighth time in program history that a member of the Thundering Herd has been named to the team. Hunter is just the second Marshall men’s soccer player to receive the honor twice (Jordan Hilgefort, 2010 and 2011).
Hunter started and played in all 19 games for Marshall this season and was one of just three on the squad to do so. Along with finishing the year tied for the team lead in goals with 3, Hunter is a recipient of the Jim Castaneda Postgraduate Scholarship from the conference, a $4,000 grant that is presented annually to one student-athlete at each of the C-USA member schools for postgraduate study. He is on track to receive his degree in chemistry and applied math and was presented with the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium Research Fellowship, also worth $4,000.
Hunter has spent time working with Dr. Scott Day, MU chemistry assistant professor, on nanochemistry and analytical chemistry in the soccer player’s project. His 3.73 grade point average has made him a candidate for to the Marshall University Dean’s List and the C-USA Honor Roll throughout his academic career. Hunter is also a four-time C-USA Academic Medalist.
Hunter plans on attending medical school upon graduation from Marshall and is in the process of submitting applications.
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2013 Conference USA Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team
Tyler Gibson, Charlotte
Aidan Kirkbride, Charlotte
Steven Perinovic, Kentucky
Tyler Riggs, Kentucky
Zach Hunter, Marshall
Nick Miele, New Mexico
Kyle Venter, New Mexico
Braeden Troyer, South Carolina
Stephen Anderson, South Carolina
Quinn Starker, Tulsa
Ian Michalak, UAB