November 18, 2010

Northern Colorado earns NSCAA academic honors

2010 NSCAA All-Academic Teams

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced recently that Northern Colorado earned the team academic award for having a grade point average above 3.0.

The Bears, coached by Tim Barrera, finished the season with a team GPA of 3.17, the second highest among Colorado Division I programs. Colorado College finished just ahead with a 3.36 cumulative GPA.

Northern Colorado was also one of the five Big Sky schools that were named in the release. Portland State (3.37 GPA), Northern Arizona (3.33 GPA), Montana (3.30 GPA), and Eastern Washington (3.05 GPA) were the other Big Sky programs.

There were over 430 women’s programs on the list, with Central Michigan earning the highest overall GPA (3.76). The list included teams from the Division I, II, and III levels, as well as NAIA schools and junior colleges.

The University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, and Regis University were the other instate-schools to earn the academic award.

Sophomore forward Danielle Birdsall and senior defender Katey Borman have already earned individual academic honors after being named to the ESPN The Magazine All-District 7 Academic First-Team.

Barrera and his Bears ended their season with a loss in the first-round of the Big Sky Tournament, but still finished with a 10-6-3 overall record, the most wins for the program since 2002.