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November 27, 2012

Birmingham-Southern soccer earns NSCAA Team Academic Awards, player wins All-America honor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College men's and women's soccer teams have both received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award yet again this year.

Birmingham-Southern soccer earns NSCAA Team Academic Awards, player wins All-America honor
Photo by Jimmy Mitchell

A total of 726 college soccer teams (222 men, 504 women) posted a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the honor for the 2011-12 academic year. Of that total, 152 schools had both their men's and women's programs recognized.

It is the 10th overall and fifth-straight award for the women, and sixth-straight award for the men. The women's program recorded a team grade-point average of 3.36, while the men posted a combined 3.38 last year.

In addition, senior defender Nathan Haywood has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Men's Soccer Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced today.

Haywood, a chemistry/pre-med major from Fairhope, Ala., earned Second-Team honors. He carries a perfect 4.00 grade-point average. He played and started in all 17 games this past season, recording one goal and one assist while helping the BSC defense shut out five opponents. After graduation this May, Haywood will attend medical school.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution, and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit

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