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Lady Techsters set standards high on and off the pitch

June 29, 2017

 

Tiffany Wilkins
Staff Reporter | tmw048@latech.edu

 

Aside from setting goals on the field, the Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team also sets higher goals with their team grade point average standing above the 3.0 mark.

 

Currently, these studious women are keeping a combined cumulative 3.595 GPA to stay in the game.

 

They’ve registered a program-best six league wins and have made the conference tournament for a third year straight.

 

Kevin Sherry, head coach of the team, said the players are highly dedicated to maintaining this standard.

 

“The team average GPA is one of the highest in Division I athletics in the nation, and remember this is a team of over 30 players on the roster, which makes this even more incredible,” Sherry said. “We as coaches make the team accountable for their academic performance. I am immensely proud of this team, who are doing such great things on the field, in the community and in the classroom. Louisiana Tech soccer is much more than just wins and losses.”

 

Recently, 31 out of the 33 Lady Techsters received recognition on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2016-17 academic year. In 2013, only 28 received this honor.

 

This award is given to student-athletes who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.

 

Also, it was the highest number that any women’s soccer team has seen in the league in this period of time, which brought their four-year total to the league-best of 106.

 

Senior forward Kathryn Sloan has received multiple awards during her outstanding four-year career on the field as well as in the classroom.

 

She is the Lady Techsters’ all-time career leader in almost every statistical category – points (89), goals (36), shots (231), shots on goal (120) and game-winning goals (13).

 

On April 11, Sloan received further recognition for her accomplishments.

 

The Kansas City, Missouri, native was selected as the 2016 Academic All-American of the Year for Division I Women’s Soccer, which was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

 

Sloan, a communication arts and design major with a 4.0 grade point average, became the first student-athlete in Tech history to accept this honor.

 

She was a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, a recipient of the Commissioner’s Academic Medal and a three-time C-USA All-Academic First Team honoree.

 

Athletics Director Tommy McClelland said Sloan has been an outstanding student-athlete.

 

“Katie Sloan has exemplified what we want our student-athletes to be during her four years at Louisiana Tech,” McClelland said. “She is one of 14 student-athletes in Louisiana Tech history to be named an academic All-American and just the third to earn the honor multiple times. That’s impressive enough in its own right.”

 

McClelland said he is also proud of Sloan for being named the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for Division I women’s soccer.

 

“We are so proud of Katie and all of her incredible accomplishments on and off the field,” McClelland said.

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