Hilbert College Women’s Soccer Receives Academic Honors

Release Date:
December 10, 2004
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

December 10, 2004


MISSION, KS – The 2004 Hilbert College women’s soccer team was among 363 intercollegiate soccer programs to earn the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Team Academic Award, presented annually to intercollegiate teams that post a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  This marks the second consecutive season that the women’s soccer team has earned this distinction.


“This truly is a great award that recognizes the quality of our student-athletes,” head coach James Ruggiero said.  “The coaching staff is very proud of this accomplishment.”


Based in Mission, Kan., the NSCAA is the largest coaches' organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1941, it has grown to include more than 17,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport. In addition to a national rankings program for colleges and high schools, NSCAA offers an extensive recognition program that presents more than 10,000 individual awards every year.


The Hilbert College women’s soccer team, led by Ruggiero, finished the 2004 season 6-9-1, and 3-6 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) play.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.