Calvin Men's Soccer Receives United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award

Calvin Men's Soccer Receives United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award

The 2018 Calvin men's soccer program not only achieved high marks on the field but also in the classroom.

On Thursday, the Calvin men's soccer program received the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the 2018-19 academic year.

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 Calvin men's soccer team recorded a team grade point average of 3.264 for the 2018-19 academic year.

"It always excites me to see our program recognized like this," said head coach Ryan Souders. "One of our goals as a program is to succeed in the classroom and it is gratifying to see our young men receive this type of recognition."

The Calvin men's soccer program has now received the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award five consecutive years.

The Calvin men's soccer team is one of 344 (men's) teams that were recognized with the award across the NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA levels. In addition, the Calvin women's soccer team received the award. Calvin is one of only 255 institutions at all collegiate levels to have both its men's and women's teams receive the award.

In 2018, Calvin finished 22-2-0 overall, winning MIAA regular season and MIAA Tournament titles. The Knights also advanced to the NCAA III Tournament National Final for the second time in three years including the fourth time in program history.