The West Coast Conference honors excellence in the classroom and on the pitch
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference is pleased to announce the 2012 West Coast Conference Men's Soccer All-Academic team. Every WCC institution is represented on the 2012 All-Academic squad, and two members of this year's team appeared on the 2011 All-Academic team.
At the conclusion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each WCC-sponsored sport. To be considered, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to his team.
The Broncos saw sophomore midfielder Glenn Vass (Northampton, England) recognized as one of the league's top student-athletes. Vass was an All-WCC Freshman Team honoree last season and despite being limited by injury this season, has helped SCU contend once again for a conference crown.
"I recently changed majors and will be pursuing a degree in Finance," said Vass on Friday. "Things have been difficult lately with soccer and finals coming up. But I think it is a motivational piece. My parents have given me a chance to go to school and I want to reciprocate that with good grades. I also like to be good at what I do, whether it's school or soccer. Another thing that has motivated me to do well was planning to transfer into the Business School."
The complete 2012 West Coast Conference Men's Soccer All-Academic team follows.
2012 WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Name (School) Class/GPA/Major
Miguel Aguilar (San Francisco) Sophomore/3.72/Business Admin.
Colin Anderson (Portland) Senior/3.51/Life Science
Bobby Conner (Saint Mary's) Sophomore/3.55/Undecided
Conroy Cunningham (Saint Mary's) Senior/3.55/Communications
Ryan Felix (Loyola Marymount) Sophomore/3.38/Management/HR
Ben Hemphill (Portland) Senior/3.78/Org. Communication
Drew Ilijevski (San Diego) RS-Sophomore/3.49/Business Admin.
James Matern (Gonzaga) Senior/3.64/Mathematics
Joe Sleven (Portland) Senior/3.85/Marketing & Sust.
Brian Visser (San Francisco) Sophomore/3.68/Communication Theory
Glenn Vass (Santa Clara) Sophomore/3.55/Mathematics
2012 WCC MEN'S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC HONORABLE MENTION
Casey Ames (Gonzaga); Derek Boggs (Portland); Mitch Boland (Loyola Marymount); Ryan Caballero (Gonzaga); Alex Gatewood (Portland); Zack Hamer (Gonzaga); Justin Howard (Saint Mary's); Thomas Iwasaki (Portland); Matthew Liberator (Portland); Mitchell Lurie (Portland); Erik Nielsen (Gonzaga); Craig Nitti (Loyola Marymount); Andrew Owenson (Gonzaga); Nate Pacheco (Gonzaga); Clark Phillips (Gonzaga); David Romney (San Francisco); Marc Tonkel (Portland)