Clarksville, Ark.-The U of O men's soccer team has been honored with a prestigious Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The award is presented to those teams with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average for the past school year. A total of 336 intercollegiate soccer programs (71 men, 265 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2002-03 school year. "It helps to show that we are standing by what we claim here," said director of athletics and head men’s coach Dave De Hart. "We emphasize excellence in both academics and athletics. Any time we receive a national award it helps to reiterate that we are doing a good job. It takes a lot of hard work in the classroom to receive a team academic award." The 2003 American Southwest Conference Champion Eagles posted a 3.01 gpa during the 2002-2003 school year to earn the distinction this year. Schools from NCAA Division I, II and III, and NAIA are eligible for the honor. Ozarks was one of only 48 schools in the country to have both their men’s and women’s programs recognized and join such institutions as Duke University, Creighton University and Johns Hopkins University as dual winners. The awards will be presented at the College Coaches Luncheon on January 15, 2004, as part of the 57th Annual NSCAA Convention, to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.