MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Sept. 24, 2020) – The West Virginia University men’s and women’s soccer teams have once again been recognized with the Team Academic Award by the United Soccer Coaches, the organization announced on Thursday.
The award honors outstanding performance in the classroom during the 2019-20 academic year. With the accolade, the Mountaineer women’s team has been recognized for 19 consecutive years, while the men’s team received the award for the 13th year in a row.
Both programs earned cumulative grade-point averages of 3.40.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized again for our work in the classroom,” WVU women’s coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “Academics will always be a crucial aspect of our program, and I’m glad our team continues to commit to their education. With the help of our amazing academic team, we’re happy to once again accomplish this goal.”
“We’re very pleased to continue this program’s long-standing tradition of academic excellence” WVU men’s coach Dan Stratford said. “The credit must go to the players, who take ownership for their development holistically, not only on the field. Also, this could not be possible without the fantastic help of our academic advisor, Toni Oliverio, who goes above and beyond her role to service these students. We are grateful and incredibly fortunate to have her assistance.”
West Virginia is one of 176 schools to have its men’s and women’s programs honored with the award. In all, 889 programs were recognized, including 556 women’s teams and 333 men’s teams.
Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster for the 2019-20 academic year.