BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the third straight year, King University had both of their soccer teams recognized by the United Soccer Coaches (USC), formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), both earning the Team Academic Award for 2016-17. King was one of 195 schools that had both of their soccer teams receive the award. This marks the seventh straight year the King women have won the award and the third straight year for the men.
The women's soccer team was one of 531 women's programs to receive the USC Team Academic Award, which requires teams to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the entire academic year. Under head coach Simon Duffy, the Tornado posted a team GPA of 3.41 during the 2015-16 academic year, earning their sixth straight award. King was one of three Conference Carolinas to earn the USC Team Academic Award in 2016-17.
On the men's side, King earns the academic award for the third time in program history and third time in the last three years. The Tornado were one of 282 programs to receive the award in 2015-16. Under head coach Talon Stroud, the Tornado posted a team GPA of 3.25 in 2016-17 to earn the award. The Tornado were one of four men's Conference Carolinas team to receive the USC Team Academic Award.
Among Conference Carolinas schools, King was one of two to have both their men's and women's teams earn the USC Team Academic Award. Limestone College was the other to have both teams recognized.