Dec. 16, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's women's and men's soccer teams have earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, as announced by the organization. The Red Storm is one of only 63 schools to have both teams earn the honor, which requires a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
With a 3.48 GPA for the 2007-08 academic year, the women's team earned the academic accolade for the sixth-straight time. The GPA is the highest recorded under head coach Ian Stone and tied for the 24th best out of the 264 women's teams that were honored ranging from Division I to Division III. St. John's academic success also ranks among the best in Division I schools listed and is tops among the BIG EAST teams named for the honor.
"We are so proud of the team for this academic achievement," Stone said. "Our student-athletes worked hard to earn the highest GPA of my tenure here at St. John's. This prestigious honor is a reward for their efforts in the classroom, and I have to thank student development and the University for their tireless work assisting our student athletes."
With a 3.11 GPA, the Red Storm men's soccer team garnered the NSCAA academic distinction for the fifth time in history. St. John's was one of only five BIG EAST schools that received the honor. Prior to this team honor, the men's squad had a trio of individual academic honors as Joel Gustafsson, Adam Himeno and Rory Quinn each earned second team Academic All-District honors from ESPN The Magazine.
"I want to congratulate our student-athletes for achieving this prestigious honor," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "I would also like to thank Eric Rienecker from student development, who has worked very closely with the team, and also my coaching staff that strives to ensure that academic success is a priority for our student-athletes. Over the years we have worked hard to create a culture in which performing very well academically remains at the highest priority."