November 22, 2012
HEAD OF THE CLASS
LIU men have top Division I GPA
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - For the fourth consecutive season, the Long Island University men's soccer program was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for its academic success.
And for the first time, the Blackbirds had the highest grade point average of any NCAA Division I team at 3.47.
Western Michigan finished second with a 3.45 GPA, East Tennessee State was third at 3.43 GPA, while Columbia and Harvard, both Ivy League schools, rounded out the top five in a tie for fourth at 3.42.
Coach TJ Kostecky's team has won eight NSCAA team academic awards, including four straight from 2002-05. The men also have been a consistent fixture on the Northeast Conference Academic Honor Roll, and seven athletes were named to Who's Who Among Students at the end of the 2011-12 school year.
LIU Post, LIU Brooklyn's sister campus in Brookville, N.Y., was the top academic school at the Division II level with a 3.42 GPA. Case Western University in Ohio finished as the top Division III school with a 3.45 GPA.