November 22, 2013, Kansas City, Kan. (ISN) – Joining 863 soccer teams nation-wide, the Chestnut Hill College women’s soccer team was recognized with a 2012-2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award.

In order to be recognized a team must collectively hold a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher during the recognized academic year. In all, 270 men’s teams and 593 women’s teams were honored with a total of 184 schools having both their men’s and women’s programs earn the distinction this year.

After learning of the distinction, Head Women’s Soccer Coach Sandy Dickson trumpeted, “This is a great honor for the team. We owe a lot of this to Nikki Lockhart (Chestnut Hill College Assistant Director of Athletics for Academic Success and Community Engagement), who’s academic advising has made a significant difference with our success in the classroom.” Continuing their run as one of the College’s top academic athletic teams, the women’s soccer team was the Griffins top academic team in 2010-2011 (CHC Team Academic Achievement Award) and an NSCAA Team Academic Award recipient in 2009-2010.

Founded in 1941, the NSCAA 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. Over the years it has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization fulfilling its goal serve members at every level of the game through three core values: “Learn. Participate. Belong.”