Oct. 13 – KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Hiram College women's soccer team, and head coach Michael Cracas, were recently recognized by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) with a Team Academic Award for the 2015-16 academic year.
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.
A consistent presence in academic achievement, the award marks the ninth-consecutive year in which the Terriers have been honored with an NSCAA academic award, and the 13th overall in the team's history. It also marks the second time in Coach Cracas' two-year stint that the Terriers have been honored.
Hiram was one of 578 women's teams throughout the college landscape (Division I, II, III, NAIA) to be honored with the award, with the program holding a 3.29 GPA. The Terriers were one of just five from the North Coast Athletic Conference to be honored, posting the third-highest GPA in the conference.
Overall, a total of 21 players on the Hiram roster tallied a 3.0 GPA or higher throughout the academic year, while four players posted a grade-point average of 3.9 or higher.
"Earning this award is always a complete team effort," commented Cracas of the honor. "We have a lot of student-athletes on our squad that are committed to getting the best out of themselves, both on the field and in the classroom."