Women’s soccer team earns NSCAA ethics award

Release Date:
January 11, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

KANSAS CITY, KS – For the fourth time in six years, the Hilbert College women’s soccer team has been awarded the “Gold” Ethics award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Hawks are one of just five teams nationally to garnish this year’s honors.

Collegiate teams in all divisions that play the entire season without receiving a red card and less than five yellow cards are recognized. Ninth year Hilbert coach James Ruggiero will be in Baltimore, MD at next week’s NSCAA convention to accept this year’s award.

“To watch our players compete and perform as hard as they do is a testament to their ability to play within the rules of the game, and to do so with class,” said Ruggiero.

Earlier in the week junior Jenifer Wade (Buffalo, NY/Mount Mercy) and senior Katrina Galofaro (Dunkirk, NY/Silver Creek) were recognized as Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention Selections by the NSCAA.

The NSCAA is the largest coaches' organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1941, it has grown to include more than 23,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport. In addition to a national rankings program for colleges and high schools, the 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.