KANSAS CITY, Kan. – For the 14th consecutive year, the Carleton College men’s soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) Team Academic Award. This impressive streak of classroom honors has recently been equaled by the Knights’ success on the pitch. This fall the Carleton men won their fourth MIAC regular-season crown over the last five seasons.
The Knights posted a 3.38 GPA (for the 2010-11 academic year), tied for 12th across all NCAA Divisions, and sixth in Division III. A total of 219 men’s programs received the award after posting a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. Three times during the award’s history, the Knights have posted the nation’s top overall grade point average
The Knights have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award each year since Bob Carlson took over as Carleton head coach in 1997. Over this stretch he has led the Knights to 12 winning seasons; the program had only five over the previous 19 years. With the 14 consecutive academic honors, Carleton easily out-distances the next closest active streak (six years) among conference squads. Seven MIAC men’s soccer programs received the honor this year.
Carleton was one of 154 schools nationally—with six of them competing in the MIAC—to have both its men’s and women’s programs receive this honor, making this the 11th consecutive year the Knights earned double academic recognition. All of the other MIAC institutions have combined to record only 20 occurrences of double men’s-women’s honors during the previous decade.