Clarksville, Ark.-University of the Ozarks senior goalkeeper Brian Sarber was named the American Southwest Conference Men's Soccer Distinguished Scholar-Athlete as voted upon by the league's Sports Information Directors, the ASC office announced Tuesday.
The honor, in its second academic year, recognizes student-athletes that achieve a higher level of academic achievement (a 3.20 grade-point average or better) while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team.
Sarber, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound native of Allen, Texas, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team and was a All-ASC First Team pick in his senior campaign.
In 2008, he finished second in the ASC in goals against average (0.77) and saves percentage (.866), and third in shutouts (8). Sarber helped the Eagles (14-3-4) to four straight playoff appearances during his career. The four-time All-ASC performer finished his career as the conference leader in career goals against average (0.80).
He owns single-season school records in goals against average (0.67), saves (110) and saves percentage (.874). His career records at Ozarks include most saves (375), saves percentage (.862) and goals against average (0.80).
He was twice named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District All-America Team during his collegiate career. An accounting major, he is a three-time member of the ASC All-Academic Team.
Overall, 68 student-athletes from ASC men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball were named to the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team.