Columbia Soccer Programs Cited for Academic Excellence for Second Straight Season
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

NEW YORK -- The Columbia men and women's soccer programs were honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America recently, as each received the Team Academic Award for the second consecutive year. A total of 630 soccer teams (194 men, 436 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the 2009-10 academic year, making them eligible for the award.

Columbia was one of five Ivy League schools -- Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn were the others -- to have both teams on the list. A total of 124 colleges and universities from around the country accomplished the feat.

The men's team, led by second-year head coach Kevin Anderson, accumulated a 3.39 team GPA which tied with Brown as the fourth-highest GPA amongst NCAA Division I men's soccer teams.

"To be ranked in the top five in the country in regards to academic prowess is an exceptional accomplishment," Anderson says of the men's team award. "I am very proud of all the student-athletes that worked so hard in the classroom to attain this award."

The women's team, coached by Columbia alum Kevin McCarthy, had a 3.38 cumulative GPA in 2009-10.