Women's Soccer Team Earns Ethics and Sportsmanship Award

Ninth Consecutive Year
Release Date:
January 21, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

KANSAS CITY, KS – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has garnished the Hilbert College women’s soccer program with numerous awards in ethics and sportsmanship through the years and this fall the Hawks continued the streak.  The 2010 women’s soccer team (4-13, 1-8), under the direction of James Ruggiero, joined 72 NSCAA Team Ethics/Sportsmanship Award winners. Hilbert received the ‘Silver’ Award for completing a season with zero red cards and less than 5 yellow cards at the NSCAA convention in Baltimore earlier this month. This year marked nine seasons in a row that the program received an award for their fair play on the field. 

The Hawks were awarded the ‘Gold’ award (2007, 2005, 2004 and 2002) for completing a season with zero red or yellow cards with alternating year’s receiving the Silver award (2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, and 2003).  

Click (here) to see a complete list of winners.

Ruggiero's strong commitment to sportsmanship has landed him on the NSCAA's National Ethics and Sportsmanship Committee where he works with both players and coaches at all levels. 



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.