HIRAM, OHIO — For the 13th consecutive academic year, the Hiram College Women’s Soccer Program has qualified for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Team Academic Award for producing a team GPA above a 3.0 for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Terriers achieved a 3.04 GPA for the year, rebounding from the a fall semester that was under 3.0 for only the second time during the tenure of Head Coach Bob Dean. The awards are distributed prior to the annual NSCAA convention later this month in Kansas City, Mo. [NSCAA Team Academic Awards]
“I am always so proud of this for our players and our program,” said eighth-year Head Coach Bob Dean. “But, this particular recognition is special because we really struggled below a 3.0 in the first semester last fall. We met as a team in early in the second semester and made the team GPA of a 3.0 for the academic year a top-priority. The players made individual and team commitments to get to this goal and their achievement is just another sign of their character and ethic.”
The Women’s Soccer team is on course to once again secure this recognition by posting a 3.19 team GPA in the first semester of this academic year.
“This is the highest single-semester GPA we have achieved in the eight years I have been here,” Dean said. “I really am not surprised because I know that this collection of veteran players and first-years have clearly understood the foundation of a strong academic rigor that has been set before them. They have great pride in their work in the classroom.”