AMERICUS - The Georgia Southwestern women's soccer team garnered two postseason awards this past week: the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) Team Academic Award and the Peach Belt Conference's Team Sportsmanship Award.
The NSCAA's College Team Academic Award was presented to all teams that posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher for the 2010-11 academic year. The list of award recipients was released on Dec. 2. It was the first time in school history GSW received the award.
Based in Kansas City, Kan., the NSCAA is the largest soccer coaches' organization in the world.
On Tuesday (12/6), GSW and Columbus State University both received the 2011 Peach Belt's women's soccer Team Sportsmanship Award. The PBC presents one such award for each of its 13 championship sports, the award is voted on by other teams in that sport with Columbus State and the Lady Hurricanes both receiving the same point totals to share the women's soccer award.
GSW and CSU are the only two women's soccer teams to have ever won the award. Columbus State took it in 2008 and 2010 with GSW winning in 2009. This is the fourth year of the awards program.
The PBC Sportsmanship Award program presents an award following each championship season to the team in that sport that best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship and generally conducts themselves with a high degree of integrity, character and class. Points are awarded based on how each team finished in the voting and in June, the institution with the highest totals will receive the 'PBC Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award.'
The league's Senior Woman Administrators oversee the program.
To read more on the PBC Sportsmanship Award program click here.
For a complete list of 2010-11 NSCAA College Team Academic Award winners click here.