Jan. 9, 2013
For the 10th consecutive season, the Vanderbilt women's soccer team earned the Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2012.
A team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to be eligible, and Head Coach Derek Greene's Commodores achieved a 3.10 GPA during the 2011-12 school year.
"This is a great honor for our team," VU Head Coach Derek Greene said. "As we continue to grow as a program, achieving this academic award from the NSCAA is always going to be a goal of ours."
While a total of 717 college soccer teams (220 men, 497 women) earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award this season, Vanderbilt and Georgia are the only two teams from the Southeastern Conference who have achieved the award for each of the last 10 seasons.
Nineteen student-athletes from the Vanderbilt women's soccer team were honored last season on either the 2011 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll or the 2011-12 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
While this NSCAA award covers the school year of the 2011 soccer season, Greene reported that the 2012 team achieved the program's highest GPA since 2003 this past fall: a cumulative 3.405.
"A fantastic achievement," Greene added. "It's great to see our program growing and getting better and better both on and off the field."