HUNTSVILLE – For a 10th-straight season, Sam Houston State soccer has earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, the organization announced.

The award is bestowed upon programs who received a 3.0 grade point average or higher during the 2016-17 academic year. The Bearkats posted the second-highest GPA in the Southland Conference at 3.51 and were among only 152 women’s team’s nationally who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Sam Houston boasts the longest active streak of consecutive years receiving the award among Southland institutions. No league school has received the honor more times.

“I am very pleased that for the tenth year in a row we have received his prestigious academic award,” head coach Tom Brown said. “Success in the classroom is part of our team culture and our players work hard to make their grades.”

The Bearkats recorded the third-highest GPA among all Division I Texas programs, trailing only Abilene Christian and UTRGV. Other D1 in-state institutions to receive the honor included Houston Baptist, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UTEP.

“I want to thank Chris Thompson and Jessica Payne for all they do to support our team,” Brown said. “From helping with tutors, degree advisement and academic counseling, they are a big part of how the Sam Houston State athletic department assists its student-athletes in the classroom.”