Women's Soccer Claims Team Academic Award


Sarah Vinson

Sarah Vinson

Jan. 5, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- The Marshall University women's soccer team concluded its season back in November, but awards from the 2011 season have continued to roll in.

The ladies of the Thundering Herd soccer team received word over the winter break that the squad earned the 2011 NSCAA Team Academic Award for a solid performance in the classroom this past fall. In order to be considered for the NSCAA Team Academic Award, the Herd had to post a composite team grade point average of at least 3.0 for all team members who appeared on the official NCAA roster during the 2011 season. With a grade point average of 3.52, the Herd easily claimed the award for the fourth consecutive year of Head Coach Kevin Long's tenure, and was one of 572 women's programs to receive the honor.

"Our girls pride themselves on being the epitome of true student-athletes," said Coach Long. "Anytime we can be recognized for off-the-field performances in the classroom in addition to playing games on the field, we will consider it an honor. Our team has a solid tradition of academic excellence and I was glad to see that carried over into this past season. "

Marshall's 2011 NSCAA Team Academic Award will go alongside other academic awards received by senior Katie Ball and junior Sarah Vinson earlier in the year.

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