MC soccer teams win NSCAA academic awards

MC soccer teams win NSCAA academic awards

Dec. 18, 2002

There are points – two for goals, one for assists – and then there are grade points. For Maryville College soccer players, it takes both kinds to be successful.

Because of a combined strong showing in the classroom, both the 2001-2002 men’s and women’s soccer teams at Maryville College were selected to receive the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s College Team Academic Awards.

Criteria for the award includes achieving a 3.0 GPA or higher as a team during the 2001-2002 academic year. The Lady Scots posted a combined GPA of 3.23 while the Fighting Scots earned a 3.10 GPA.

“I feel lucky to coach players who epitomize the [NCAA] Division III philosophy of being successful on the athletic field while excelling in the classroom,” said Maryville College Head Soccer Coach Pepe Fernandez. “These students athletes are a credit to Maryville College and their sport.”

Only 41 other institutions garnered the accolade for both their men’s and women’s programs. Fernandez was named one of only six coaches heading up both men’s and women’s teams receiving the honor. Other coaches and programs capturing awards for both men’s and women’s programs include Scott Fridley of Anderson University (Ind.), Robert Carlson of Carleton College (Minn.), Geoff VanDeusen of Missouri Southern State College, Jason Smith of Piedmont College (Ga.) and Steve Warner of Webber International University (Fla.).

The 2001-2002 academic year marks the sixth consecutive year that the Lady Scots program has earned the NSCAA academic honor and the third consecutive year for the Fighting Scots.

The awards will be presented at the College Coaches Luncheon held in conjunction with the annual NSCAA Convention scheduled for Jan. 16 in Kansas City, Mo.

On the field, the 2001-2002 Lady Scots ended the season with a 12-7-1 record and history-making invitation to the NCAA Division III tournament (a first for the MC women’s program). The men enjoyed a 14-2-2 finish (best-ever in the history of the program) and a Great South Athletic Conference championship.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.