HC Women’s Soccer Team Honored

Release Date:
February 13, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – The 2005 Hilbert College women’s soccer team was recently recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the “Gold” team ethics award. Of the 15 collegiate programs from across the country that were recognized, the Hawks are one of two teams to receive this honor for two consecutive seasons.

To qualify for the Gold award, a team must not have been penalized with a red or yellow card during the course of the season. “I’m proud that our student-athletes can work as hard as they do, yet be composed enough to be sporting in their play”, commented Hilbert coach James Ruggiero.

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 Hawks finished the 2005 season 6-9-2 along with an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) record of 1-6-2. 15 veteran players are expected to return in the fall.

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.