The Western Carolina University women’s soccer team received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award again last year, marking the 11th consecutive time the Catamounts earned the academic accolade. The honor was in recognition of the accomplishments of the team during the 2015-16 season.

From 2005 to present, the Catamount women’s soccer program has been a staple on the NSCAA Academic Award list. During the 2015-16 season, the Catamounts, coached by Chad Miller, notched a team 3.50 grade point average to earn its latest appearance on the list.

A total of 893 soccer teams (315 men’s squads and 578 women’s) from across the United States earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2015-16 academic year. To qualify for the award, a team must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for the entire academic year. The team score is determined by adding every player’s GPA, then dividing by the number of players.

The soccer Cats’ frequent appearance on the list of top academic-achieving teams in the nation provides another piece of evidence of WCU’s commitment to the “student” half of the term “student-athlete,” said Randy Eaton, director of athletics.

“Our top priority is to offer each and every student-athlete a great undergraduate experience in the community, in the classroom and on the fields and courts of competition, and to ensure their WCU experience always culminates with a degree from Western Carolina University,” Eaton said. “I’m proud of what the accomplishments of the members of our women’s soccer program in the classroom say about our commitment to student success.”