2004 HC Women’s Soccer Team Recognized

Release Date:
January 1, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

MISSION, KS – The 2004 Hilbert College women’s soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for earning a 3.0 GPA or higher. All 15 members of coach Jamie Ruggiero’s 2004 team combined for a 3.25 GPA during the 2004-05 academic year.

The Hawks are among 316 intercollegiate soccer programs from across the country to receive the honor, now being recognized for the third consecutive year.

"The 2004 team represented a tremendous group of student-athletes that excelled both on the field and in the classroom. On behalf of the women’s soccer program, I am extremely proud to receive this award from the NSCAA,” stated Ruggiero.

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. It fulfills its mission of coaching education through a nationwide program of clinics and week-long courses, teaching more than 3,000 soccer coaches each year.

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.