DENVER – Five WAC women's soccer teams have been honored by the United Soccer Coaches for success in the classroom, posting a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher in 2017-18.
California Baptist, CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, Seattle U, and UT Rio Grande Valley represented the WAC on the list of 484 women's teams spanning all divisions. California Baptist received the honor for the third year straight. CSU Bakersfield has now been recognized seven times with the first one occurring in 2009. Grand Canyon has claimed it all five year they have been with the WAC as well as the season before. Seattle U earned the honors with a 3.49 GPA. This is the fourth year in a row for UT Rio Grande Valley to be recognized.
A total of 773 college teams (289 men, 484 women) from throughout the United States have earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2017-18 academic year. Among these programs are 191 schools receiving honors for both their men's and women's teams.
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.
WAC 2017-18 Women's College Team Academic Award Winners
California Baptist, Kristen St. Clair, 3.25
CSU Bakersfield, Sebastian Vecchio, 3.16
Grand Canyon, Derek Leader, 3.70
Seattle U, Julie Woodward, 3.49
UT Rio Grande Valley, Glad Bugariu, 3.54