KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released its 2009-2010 Team Academic Awards and the Salisbury University men's soccer team was honored. Salisbury is one of 634 NCAA soccer programs nationwide that met an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the academic year.
This marks the third straight season that SU head coach Gerry DiBartolo's squad has earned the distinction and fifth time in program history. The first award in SU program history was in 2002 followed by a repeat performance in '03.
The Sea Gulls posted a team GPA of 3.22 and are one of 195 men's soccer programs from all division (I, II, III) to be honored by the NSCAA. The highest GPA earned was 4.2 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Salisbury was just one of three men's soccer programs from the state of Maryland to collect the honor, as both Johns Hopkins University (3.12) and Washington (Md.) College (3.05) garnered the award.
The Sea Gulls were the only men's program from the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) to win the award; the women's soccer teams from Frostburg State, Stevenson University, St. Mary's (Md.) College and York (Pa.) College were all honored.
Of the 634 NCAA soccer teams honored, 439 are women's teams and 130 programs were represented on both the men's and women's teams.