KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Belmont women's soccer team posted the highest team grade point average (GPA) in NCAA Division I for the 2013-14 academic year as the National Soccer College Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced their Team Academic Awards on Monday.
The Bruins earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 10th consecutive season after posting a team GPA of 3.73, which is the highest in Division I and the second highest among all NCAA Divisions. Fellow OVC member Southeast Missouri ranked second in Division I at 3.72, while Clemson was third at 3.67.
Belmont was one of six OVC members to receive the honor. Joining Belmont and Southeast Missouri were Morehead State, Murray State, SIUE, and Tennessee Tech.
"We are tremendously honored to receive this award," said Heather Henson, Belmont's Head Women's Soccer Coach. "To have the highest team GPA in NCAA Division I shows the commitment that our team has towards their work in the classroom. They truly exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete."
To qualify for the award, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players. A total of 861 collegiate soccer teams (279 men, 582 women) earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year. Of that total, 195 schools, including Belmont, had both their men's and women's programs recognized.
The women's soccer team finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 7-7-4, 4-4-2 in the OVC.
NSCAA 2013-14 Women's Team Academic Award (Top 15, All NCAA Divisions)
1. Concordia (Nebraska), 3.75
2. Belmont, 3.73
3. Southeast Missouri, 3.72
5. Rockhurst, 3.68
6. Clemson, 3.67
7. Alabama, 3.66
SCAD Savannah, 3.66
10. New Mexico, 3.65
Ole Miss, 3.65
12. Ohio Dominican, 3.63
Southern Virginia, 3.63
14. Miami, 3.62