The Valpo soccer program continues to excel academically and was honored for its success in that realm once again this week, as the Beacons received the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for their performance in the classroom during the 2021-22 academic year.
The award is presented to soccer programs annually with a composite grade point average of 3.00 or better for the academic year, including both fall and spring semesters. Valpo posted a team GPA of 3.58 during the 2021-22 academic year to earn the honor for the 19th time in the last 20 years.
Valpo has consistently enjoyed academic success under head coach John Marovich, boasting five CoSIDA Academic All-America selections — including four First Team choices — and 22 conference Scholar-Athlete honorees during his tenure. Four Beacons were honored for academic achievement last season — Nikki Coryell and Nicole Norfolk were MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team selections, Kelsie James was an MVC Honorable Mention Scholar-Athlete and Kiley Dugan picked up United Soccer Coaches Second Team Scholar All-Region accolades.