STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific men's soccer team has earned the United Soccer Coaches (formally the NSCAA) Team Academic award for the 2016-17 academic year, the organization announced today.
Pacific is one of 282 men's teams across all three NCAA divisions to earn this distinction. The Tigers join Gonzaga, Portland, Saint Mary's and San Diego as West Coast Conference programs who are recipients of this award.
The Pacific women's soccer team also earned this Academic Team Award for excellence in the classroom, making Pacific one of just 196 institutions across the country to have both their men's and women's programs recognized.
To qualify, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or above for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by the average of all active players on the roster.
Founded in 1941, the USC has grown into the world's largest soccer coaches' organization that serves members at every level of the game. The organization works every day to inspire coaches and ignite their passion for the game so they pass it on to players and others in the soccer community.
The Tigers open up WCC play this Saturday against Portland at 7 PM. A live stream of the match will be provided courtesy of theW.tv, and the contest will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Northwest.
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