FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s and women’s soccer programs received national recognition when the National Soccer College Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) handed out its College Team Academic Award Winners for the 2009-10 season on Friday.
A total of 640 soccer teams (196 men, 444 women) posted a team grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2009-10 academic year. Of that total, 133 schools had both their men's and women's programs recognized
FGCU’s athletic programs place a strong emphasis on academic excellence. The soccer programs’ hard work inside the classroom was acknowledged with the women’s 3.31 GPA and the men’s 3.04 team GPA.
Out of the 11 women’s programs, nine teams appeared on the list making the A-Sun the top academic women's soccer conference in the nation with 82 percent of the teams earning the national honor. Three other institutions from the Atlantic Sun had both their men’s and women’s programs recognized on the list, including Mercer, Stetson and USC Upstate.
This is the second time that both teams have been honored in each of the programs’ short four-year history.
On a squad that returned all its players from 2009, the men’s team finished 2010 with a 13-3-2 overall record and a perfect 9-0 Atlantic Sun Conference mark. The Eagles became just the ninth team in conference history to accomplish the feat en route to its first-ever regular season title. FGCU appeared in five national polls to close out the regular season, ranking as high as No. 19 in Soccer America’s Top 25 poll.
Losing only two players from last season, the women’s team ended the 2010 campaign with an 11-4-2 overall record and an unbeaten 8-0-2 A-Sun mark, also claiming its first-ever A-Sun regular season championship. FGCU’s conference record is the 11th unblemished conference record in A-Sun history and the sixth since the A-Sun left divisions following the 1998 season.
FGCU is only the second team in the conference to have both its soccer programs in titles in the same year and the first to have both programs go unbeaten.