FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For the tenth year in a row, head coach Andre Luciano's Northern Arizona soccer team received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award last week, continuing the program's strong tradition of outstanding work in the classroom. The Team Academic Award recognizes teams that post a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. For the 2011-12 academic year, the Lumberjacks posted a strong 3.23 team GPA.
"It shows our commitment towards bringing in quality student-athletes to not only compete in athletic events but aspire to do well at Northern Arizona University," Luciano said. "We've been very blessed to have great academic advisors during my tenure here and the student-athletes have been fortunate to have faculty that care about them and that have been great mentors and role models for them in the classroom."
Last year, the Lumberjacks had 19 players register a 3.0 GPA or higher during the academic year. The 2011-12 team also had 13 players earn All-Academic Big Sky honors, second of all of the fall teams, and had 20 players receive the Golden Eagle Scholar Athlete award.
The Lumberjacks were one of five Big Sky teams to receive the NSCAA Team Academic Award along with Eastern Washington, Montana, North Dakota and Northern Colorado.
Junior Elinor Priest and sophomore Diane Buzzard, two of the Lumberjacks that posted a GPA upwards of 3.0 last season, will find out whether they were named CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-Americans next week. The pair were named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team earlier this month.