WMU Men's & Women's Soccer Carry Highest GPAs in Division I
The men's team carried a 3.45 GPA, which not only led Division I, but was fourth among all divisions combined. The Bronco women's team boasted a 3.65 GPA, tying for fifth among all divisions.
The NSCAA Team Academic Award is given to soccer programs that have achieved a minimum team grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A total of A total of 726 college soccer teams (222 men, 504 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
It was the first season the Western Michigan men have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award and the third for the women, including the last two seasons.
Two other MAC schools, Akron and Bowling Green, had both of their programs earn be recognized by the NSCAA. WMU, Akron and BGSU were the only men's programs on the list, while 11 of the 12 women's programs in the MAC came in above a 3.0 GPA.
Baskins, who held a 3.97 GPA, was named Capitol One Third Team Academic All-District IV, while Cicerone, who held a 3.96 GPA, became the program's first ever COSIDA Academic All-American.
"From day one, I have stressed the importance of the academic culture we wanted to create and these results are more vindication that we continue to make terrific side on and off the field," said WMU head men's coach Stu Riddle.