Soccer Posts Second-Highest GPA in NCAA Division I

Soccer TeamKANSAS CITY, Mo.With a 3.72 cumulative grade point average (GPA), Southeast Missouri women’s soccer received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2013-2014 school year. The Redhawks posted the second-best GPA in NCAA Division I and tied for the third-highest total out of 1,182 NCAA and NAIA women’s soccer programs eligible for the award.

“I’m very proud of our soccer program for being recognized for having the second-highest GPA in Division I and tied for third overall out of 1,182 collegiate women’s soccer programs,” Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt said. “Our young ladies truly represent our core value of academic excellence by producing these extraordinary results in the classroom. I would also be remiss if I didn’t recognize coach Heather Nelson, her staff, our support personnel in the Redhawks Success Center along with our faculty and staff here at Southeast on the job that they do to assist our student-athletes with their academic endeavors.”

Southeast fell just one-hundredth of a point short of fellow Ohio Valley Conference member Belmont, which posted the highest GPA in Division I at 3.73. Concordia University, Nebraska (NAIA) finished with the highest total in the nation with a 3.75 mark. Drury University (NCAA Division II) tied the Redhawks for third by also recording a 3.72 GPA.

“To be honored as national academic finalists at the Division I level is an outstanding accomplishment,” head coach Heather Nelson said. “As a team, we came one step closer to our goal of becoming Academic National Champions, and I’m confident this achievement will continue to light a fire in all of us. Given the endless hours we devote to excelling in our sport and over 500 hours we invest in our community each year, achieving this level of academic excellence on a national scale is a testament to the outstanding women we have representing Southeast Missouri State University.

“I’d like to thank our players for all the time and dedication they put into their studies on top of all the hours we ask of them as elite athletes and community-oriented citizens. I’d also like to recognize Sharon Burgard and her staff at the Redhawks Success Center for supporting our student-athletes. Southeast Missouri State University continues to be a first-class learning environment in which we are fortunate to have outstanding professors who invest in their students and truly want to see them excel as future professionals. Having our student-athletes graduate and transition into successful careers that positively impact the lives of others is without a doubt our primary focus.”

The No. 2 ranking in Division I is the highest in program history, topping last year’s third-place finish. It also marked the fifth-straight year the Southeast program has been honored with the NSCAA Team Academic Award. Across the nation, 582 NCAA and NAIA women’s soccer programs were honored with the award for having at least a 3.0 team GPA.

Top 10 Collegiate Women’s Soccer Team Grade Point Averages

1.  Concordia University, Nebraska (NAIA)  3.75
2.  Belmont University (NCAA Division I)  3.73
3.  Southeast Missouri State University (NCAA Division I)  3.72
 Drury University (NCAA Division II)  3.72
5.  Rockhurst University (NCAA Division II)  3.68
6.  Clemson University (NCAA Division I)  3.67
7.  University of Alabama (NCAA Division I)  3.66
 Lee University (NAIA)  3.66
 Savannah College of Art & Design (NCAA Division III)  3.66
10.  University of Mississippi (NCAA Division I)  3.65
 University of New Mexico (NCAA Division I)  3.65