Soccer Receives NSCAA Team Academic Award

Rachel Holden was a big part of the Mean Green's on and off-field success the last two years.
Nov. 25, 2014

DENTON – Following a record-breaking season on the field, the North Texas soccer team was rewarded for their hard work in the classroom. The Mean Green was one of 582 women’s collegiate soccer teams to earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year.

The North Texas soccer team posted a team grade-point average of 3.22 for the 2013-14 school year.

“I’m very proud of what these girls have been able to do in the classroom,” said North Texas head coach John Hedlund. “It’s always very rewarding for any coach to win a conference championship and be recognized by the NSCAA academically in the same year.”

The NSCAA team honor is just one of many academic awards that the Mean Green soccer squad has received over the last year.

Twenty-one players were recognized by North Texas for their academic achievements during the 2013 school year. The student-athletes were named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List or the President’s List, depending on their grade-point average. Five players posted a 4.0 GPA in one of the two semesters and were named to the President’s List.

Twenty players were placed on Conference USA’s annual academic honor roll for the 2013-14 school year. Sixteen student-athletes were named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll, reserved for student-athletes who earned a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher. Four players, with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better, received the Commissioner's Academic Medal.

Individually, Rachel Holden was recognized by her peers earlier this month by being named to the C-USA First-Team All-Academic squad. Holden is a kinesiology major with a 3.78 GPA. She was named a C-USA Academic Medal Winner in 2013-14 and was named to the North Texas Academic Dean’s List for the 2013 year.


To qualify for the NSCAA award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.

Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.



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