NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Fresh off another pair of extremely successful seasons on the playing field, the Merrimack men's and women's soccer programs earned enormous academic distinctions on Friday, as both teams earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year, the organization announced Friday.
A total of 717 college soccer teams (220 men, 497 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year. Of that total, 148 schools (including Merrimack) had both their men's and women's programs recognized.
Both sides also performed admirably on the playing field, as the Warrior women finished with 11 victories en route to another winning season and berth in the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs, while the men enjoyed arguably their best season in the 42-year history of the program, as the Warriors took home the NE-10 regular season title for the fourth time ever (and first since 1997) while – more importantly – earning the school's first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament before bowing out in the Second Round.
The NSCAA is the world's largest soccer coaches' organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.
For more information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit NSCAA.com.