Women’s Soccer Team Recognized by NSCAA

Release Date:
January 5, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

MISSION, KS – The Hilbert College women’s soccer team is being honored with the “silver” ethics award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Teams that played their entire 2006 season without receiving a red card and no more than five yellow cards are recognized.

“This past season we received only 3 yellow caution cards,” said Hawks coach James Ruggiero. “With Division III collegiate soccer becoming more competitive, I am most pleased with the level of composure that our student-athletes have had on the field.” This is the fifth consecutive season that the team has been awarded an ethics award. Coach Ruggiero will accept the 2006 award at the upcoming NSCAA national convention January 10-14, in Indianapolis.

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 18,000 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 nearly 10,000 individual awards every 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.