Panthers earn Team Academic Award for third straight year
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's soccer program has earned national recognition for its success in the classroom during the 2016-17 school year, as announced by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly National Soccer Coaches Association of America) this morning. This is the third straight year the program has been honored.
The Panthers were one of just two Little East Conference (LEC) member schools, and one of just 282 men's teams (all NCAA divisions), to earn the national recognition. The program posted a 3.37 team GPA for the 2016-17 academic year.
"Not only is this the third straight year of receiving this award," said head coach Rob Wright, "but of seeing our cumulative GPA climb to nearly a 3.40. It's a testament to the work that the guys put in on and off the field and speaks wonders for our academic commitment given that a third of the squad speaks English as a second language."
United Soccer Coaches annually celebrates the academic achievements of high school and college soccer teams whose student-athletes collectively demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their studies over the course of a full school year.
College Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point of average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster.
A complete list of honored programs can be found on the United Soccer Coaches website at www.unitedsoccercoaches.org.
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