The Charlotte 49ers men's and women's soccer teams have received the NSCAA Team Academic Award, given annually to squads who post a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A total of 789 soccer teams (218 men, 571 women) earned the honor for the 2010-11 academic year. Of that total, Charlotte was one of 159 schools to have both its men's and women's programs recognized.
The men's squad features 13 student-athletes with a 3.0 GPA or higher, including four with above a 3.8 and two with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Aidan Kirkbride and Tyler Gibson were both honored with Academic All-Conference selections earlier in the season. Additionally, Charlotte's Paul Willoughby received the College Cup's Elite 89 Award, given to the player with the highest GPA in the College Cup.
Charlotte is coming off its best season in school history and first ever appearance in the NCAA National Championship. After receiving an at-large bid to the tournament, the unseeded Niners downed Furman, UAB, defending national champion Akron, three-seed Connecticut, and two-seed Creighton to advance to the College Cup Finals. The 49ers scored a tourney-best eight goals and allowed only four through six matches.
The Niner women have 11 players on their roster with above a 3.0 GPA, including an impressive seven with above a 3.5 and two with a 4.0. Charlotte reached the Atlantic 10 Tournament for the seventh straight season, having received a bid every year since joining the conference back in 2005.