MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan women's soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the 13th consecutive year, the NSCAA announced Thursday.
With a 3.61 cumulative team grade point average during the 2011-12 academic year, the Chippewas earned the ninth-highest team GPA in the nation, and were one of just 11 collegiate women's teams to earn a 3.6 or higher.
To qualify for the honor, teams must earn a 3.00 cumulative team GPA or higher throughout the duration of an entire academic year. In total, 497 women's teams from all divisions qualified for the award.
The full list is available here.
Of the 832 different collegiate programs that have won the award since its inception in 1996, only 23 have earned the award more frequently than Central Michigan. The Chippewas have been recognized for their academic successes in every year since 2000.
The ninth-place finish marks the first time since 2005 that Central Michigan has not posted the nation's highest grade point average. However, the 2011-12 academic year also saw the program earn its first three CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-Americans, as then-senior Bethany Allport and current seniors Bailey Brandon and Stefanie Turner all garnered third-team honors.