Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
The Central Michigan soccer program is recognized for earning the 2011 Dick Enberg Team Leadership Award at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Nov. 18. The Chippewas claimed their seventh-straight academic national championship with a 3.70 GPA during the 2010-11 academic year.
Soccer Earns Nation's Best GPA for Seventh Straight Year

MOUNT PLEASANT - For the seventh straight year, the Central Michigan women's soccer program has claimed the nation's top grade point average.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced last week that 571 women's soccer teams were given the Team Academic Award, including the Chippewas who earned their 13th straight. The award is given to any team that posts a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

"I am so proud of the work the players do here at Central Michigan," head coach Neil Stafford said. "Year in and year out, the players are fully engaged academically, athletically, socially and within the community. Our players are so committed to excellence in and out of the classroom and this honor proves that. Any class that comes into CMU knows the pressures are both on the field and in the classroom. We have such a balanced challenge here and that's why it's one of the best college experiences a student-athlete could have."

The Maroon and Gold finished the 2010-11 academic year with a cumulative grade point average of 3.70, earning the nation's top spot once again. The Chippewas have earned GPAs of 3.76 in 2010, 3.73 in 2009, 3.70 in 2008, 3.61 in 2007, 3.73 in 2006 and 3.62 in 2005.

"What a remarkable achievement to bring home another academic national title," Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. "We know the hard work required to repeat as national champions in any category, and this team's sacrifice and commitment truly reflect the Championship Culture that defines CMU Athletics. We are extremely proud to have this title in our own hands for another year."

All 22 players that were a part of the 2010-11 academic year finished with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher, with Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans Bethany Allport (3.97), Stefanie Turner (3.96) and Bailey Brandon (3.93) leading the way.

The Chippewas are coming off a season in which they posted the highest won-lost-tied percentage in program history after going 15-3-3.

Top 10 Team GPAs (All NCAA)
1. Central Michigan University, 3.70
2. Washington University in Saint Louis, 3.65
3. Illinois State University, 3.64
4. (T) Arkansas State University, 3.64
4. (T) Baylor University, 3.64
4. (T) Washington & Lee University, 3.63
7. (T) High Point University, 3.61
7. (T) Rockhurst University, 3.61
7. (T) University of Toledo, 3.61
10. (T) Emory University, 3.60
10. (T) Minnesota State University-Mankato, 3.60
10. (T) Northern State University, 3.60