By: Anton Krieger
Cleveland State’s Women Soccer Earn 12th Consecutive Academic Award
Students at Cleveland State University underwent big adjustments when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. Most classes went remote and the university offered a pass/fail option to support students’ GPA during the spring and summer semesters.
One thing that has stayed consistent in spite of the pandemic is that the Cleveland State women’s soccer program was recognized again by the United Soccer Coaches for the Team Academic Award.
In order to receive the award, each player on the team must end the academic year with a grade point average of at least 3.0. Many players went well beyond the 3.0 GPA with the team leading the athletic department with a 3.89 cumulative GPA during the tumultuous Spring 2020 semester. Additionally, nine women on the team made the President’s List (3.90 GPA and fifteen graded credit hours), while fifteen were named to the Dean’s List (3.25 GPA and twelve credit hours).
This year Cleveland State’s women’s soccer team was one of 942 (357 men, 585 women) college teams that earned the award for the 2019-2020 academic year. The award has been won by Cleveland State’s women’s soccer team thirteen times, but this year the team is celebrating their twelfth year in a row of earning the award.
In a press release by the university on Oct 20, Head Coach Dallas Boyer applauded the team for continuing to set an example of athletic academic excellence.
“Once again, and for the twelfth consecutive year, this group met that incredibly high standard we hold them to. The bar is getting almost impossible to continue to ask them to surpass as the team average GPA has gotten up to almost a 3.7 now, but we are certainly going to keep trying to see where we can push it,” said Boyer.
“The real commitment to academics and starting these awesome young women on a path towards their selected occupational paths is the thing we take the most pride in,” Boyer continued.