HC Women's Soccer Team Receives Sportsmanship Award

Release Date:
January 15, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
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January 15, 2005


BALTIMORE, MD – The Hilbert College women’s soccer team has been recognized as one of seven soccer programs to receive the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) “Gold” Ethics Award.  The Award was presented this past weekend at the organization’s 58th annual convention in Baltimore, Maryland.


Recipients two out of the past three years, the Hawks are being awarded the Gold Award for not having any yellow cautions or red send-off cards during the course of the 2004 season.  “It is quite an honor to be associated with a group of student-athletes that are committed to such ethical and sporting behavior”, said Hilbert College coach James Ruggiero.  “This is a tremendous team accomplishment”.


Based in Mission, Kansas, 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 completed the 2004 season with a 6-9-1 record overall and a 3-6 mark in the highly competitive Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.  Ruggiero will look forward to the return of 12 returners for the 2005 season.

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.