KANSAS CITY - A total of 892 soccer teams (315 men, 577 women) from throughout the United States have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2015-16 academic year.
Among these programs are 221 schools receiving honors for both their men and women's teams.
West Virginia Wesleyan is among those 221 schools earning honors for both the men and the women's teams.
To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.
Head coach of the men's team, Gavin Donaldson remarked about the honor, "For the men, this is the sixth consecutive year receiving the honor and speaks to the emphasis that we put on "academics first" here at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Patrick Holguin, head coach of the women's team said about the honor, "I am very proud or our women on the field but what I am the proudest of is the work they do in the classroom. We have achieved great success in many areas academically. This award means so much because we are finally getting recognized for our commitment to the classroom. It is even a greater achievement when we have 50 student-athletes to average GPA's from whereas most schools do it with half of the population/roster size."