The National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America has honored W&J women’s soccer team for its academic excellence during the 2014-15 school year. The qualifying grade point average is a 3.0, and the soccer team upheld a 3.33 cumulative GPA. There were only two other teams in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference who were also recognized.
Six members of the team were also named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference’s Academic Honor Roll. Abbey DeIuliis, Mattie Follen, Morgan Kinyon, Katie McClelland, Molly Peddicord and Leah Vaughan maintained a grade point average of 3.6 or higher during the 2014 fall semester.
Pete Curtis, head coach of the women’s team, stresses the importance of hard work in all undertakings, “Commitment, discipline, intelligence, inquisitiveness, problem solving and endurance are all crucial factors in the classroom and on the soccer field. I constantly urge my players to display the same hunger for success in both areas.”
Curtis also encourages the members on the team to work together to achieve success. He says, “My teams have always benefited from incredible leadership and guidance from the more experienced players.” Peddicord, a senior on the team and one of the six who were named to the Academic Honor Roll can testify to Curtis’s claim, “The team works together on and off the field. Because it can be difficult to balance academics and sports, we really motivate each other to study and complete our homework.”
Curtis is proud of the women’s soccer team’s history of academic excellence. He hopes to see the tradition of hard work on and off the field carried on for many years. He says, “The many wonderful young ladies who blazed the trail for this current team, and who now pursue professional careers in their chosen fields, worked extremely hard to establish this program’s nurturing legacy of success. Those women can take great comfort in knowing that the girls who now wear those jerseys do so with the same sense of responsibility and pride.”
The team’s next game is Oct. 3, 2015 at home against Chatham University. This game will mark the start of the President’s Athletic Conference.