2010 NSCAA College Team Academic Award Winners Announced

Release Date:
December 14, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

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 the team cumulative GPA of 3.0 of higher during the 2009-2010 academic year, making this the second year in a row and fifth overall that the team has received this distinction. 

Now in his 12th year as head coach of the Hawks, James A. Ruggiero’s fall 2009 team was among more than 636 teams (442 women and 194 men) nationwide to receive the honor. Ruggiero will accept a certificate of achievement on the team’s behalf at the NSCAA’s 64th convention being held next month in Baltimore, MD.
“The 2009-2010 team members were very dedicated to their work in the classroom and that is evident again with the number of awards they have earned over the last year,” said Ruggiero.  “Along with tremendous AMCC Academic All-Conference team representation (15 players), three team members were named to the NSCAA Academic All-Region team, in addition to Maggie Fage being honored as the Hilbert College McGrath Award selection. The seniors from the 2009-2010 team represented Hilbert very well, both on and off the field and I am very excited for them.”
To see a complete list of teams click (here).
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 6,000 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.