Broncs Honored for Academics
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Rider University men’s and women’s soccer teams were honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for their high grade point averages.
“We are very proud of our players for achieving this award,” said men’s head coach Charlie Inverso.
"The coaching staff is very proud of what our student-athletes have been able to accomplish in the classroom to go along with what they have done on the pitch,” said women’s head coach Drayson Hounsome. “It is good for the program and athletic department to be recognized once again by the NSCAA for an outstanding performance academically.”
A total of 863 college soccer teams (270 men, 593 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year.
Of that total, 184 institutions, including Rider, had both their men's and women's programs recognized.
The Rider men had a 3.12 team grade point average and the Rider women possessed a 3.47 team grade point average.
“There are many staff and faculty members who we need to be acknowledged for their help, such as Dr. Kelly Bidle, Kendall Friedman, Jenny Scudder, Sonya Hurt and our entire coaching staff,” Inverso added. “Mostly, I want to thank our players for their hard work and commitment to academics.”
This season the Rider men won the most games in 13 years and placed six players on the MAAC All-Academic team, including senior Eric Elgin (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley), who earned All-District II academic honors and was on the Capital One Academic All-America ballot.
The Rider women reached the MAAC semifinals this year and had seven players on the MAAC All-Academic team, including senior Jennifer Meier (Sayville, NY/St. Anthony’s), who also earned All-MAAC honors for her play on the field.