December 5, 2007

Women's Soccer Among Nation's Best Academically

Dec. 4, 2007

Indianapolis, Ind. - The Bulldog women's soccer team helped to continue Butler's tradition of producing student-athletes who succeed both on the playing field and in the classroom, earning the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's College Team Academic Award. The NSCAA made the announcement on Tuesday (Dec. 4).

The Bulldogs posted a 3.40 cumulative grade point average during the 2006-07 academic year, the highest mark for any of the seven Horizon League squads that received the accolades.

"The culture of our program does not only concern itself with doing well on the playing field," head coach Tari St. John said. "Doing well in the classroom is something our team takes a lot of pride in. Just as our players encourage each other on the field, they also encourage and help one another with their studies."

A total of 111 men's collegiate teams and 295 women's teams garnered recognition through the program, maintaining composite grade-point averages of 3.00 or higher for the academic year, with all players on the roster figuring into the final tabulations. Because the spring semester is included, teams receive the award at the following year's convention, with the latest accolades to be presented at the College Coaches Luncheon during the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore in January.

Butler finished the 2007 season with 10 wins, the most in five years.

Horizon League Women's Soccer Teams
Butler, 3.40
Loyola, 3.39
Milwaukee, 3.38
Valparaiso, 3.31
Green Bay, 3.30
Youngstown State, 3.09
Cleveland State, 3.08