2009 NSCAA College Team Academic Award Winners Announced

Hilbert one of 327 teams recognized
Release Date:
December 1, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
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KANSAS CITY, KS. – Hilbert College’s women’s soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Women’s Team Academic Award for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2008-09 academic year, marking the fourth time the team has received this distinction. 

Led by James A. Ruggiero, now in his 11th year as head coach, the Hawks are among more than 325 women’s teams nationwide to receive the honor. Ruggiero will accept a certificate of achievement on the team’s behalf at the NSCAA’s 63rd convention being held next month in Philadelphia.
“This is a wonderful award for the players, who have worked very hard on their studies. We spend a great deal of time working with our student-athletes on their time management and focusing on all aspects of collegiate life. To be able to maintain this high level of academic success is extremely rewarding,” said Ruggiero.
“Jennifer Wade, the team’s academic captain for the 2008-09 academic year, led the team by example as well,” he added. “She was a two-time NSCAA Scholar All-Region selection and also received the college's McGrath Award as the female senior student-athlete with the highest GPA.”
The NSCAA is the largest coaches' organization in the U.S. Since its founding in 1941, it has grown to include more than 30,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport. In addition to a national rankings program for colleges and high schools, NSCAA offers an extensive recognition program that presents nearly 10,000 individual awards every year. It fulfills its mission of coaching education through a nationwide program of clinics and week-long courses, teaching more than 4,000 soccer coaches each year.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.