Men's soccer earns Team Academic Award from United Soccer Coaches

The Bates men's soccer team earned a Team Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches for the ninth time in program history. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Bates men's soccer team earned a Team Academic Award from United Soccer Coaches on Thursday for achieving a team GPA of 3.35 in the 2018-19 school year, fourth-highest in the NESCAC.

"Our seniors last year led a special team that underwent a coaching change, but the team did not skip a beat on the field or in the classroom," head coach Tyler Sheikh said. "This award shows our players truly engage with amazing professors at Bates like our faculty liaison John Baughman."

"From all the player anecdotes I hear daily, it's clear our student-athletes feel support from their professors which is what makes the Bates experience special." 

College Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster for the 2018-19 academic year.

A total of 989 college teams (345 men, 644 women) earned the Team Academic Award. 

This marks the ninth time in the history of the program the Bates men's soccer team has won the award. 

Nine Bates men's soccer players earned NESCAC Fall All-Academic honors last season and Ben Lyons '19 received the Milton L. Lindholm Scholar-Athlete Award upon graduating with the highest cumulative GPA among male student-athletes at Bates.