Austin, Texas. - December 5, 2017 - Following a remarkable 2017 campaign, junior defender Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) became the first ever student-athlete from the Springfield College men's soccer program to earn College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® recognition, announced on Friday.
Deckel, a Criminal Justice and Finance double major at Springfield College, helped lead the Pride to a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Regular-Season title and a trip back to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, while also maintaining a grade-point average of 3.97. Deckel was just one of six student-athletes from the New England region to be recognized, and just one of three representatives on teams that compete within the NEWMAC.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
The 33 men that were honored have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.91, as eight of the Division III Academic All-America® student-athletes obtained a GPA of 4.0. Deckel has now earned Springfield College's 45 CoSIDA Academic All-America® honor dating back to 1971. Additionally, the Pride has had student-athletes earn eight Academic All-America honors in the last three seasons.
Deckel was a force on both ends of the field for the Pride, as the 6-foot-1 defender started 17 of the 18 games that he played in while anchoring a defensive unit that produced a goals-against average of just 0.46. Additionally, Deckel's play contributed to Springfield College breaking program records in fewest goals allowed (9) and most shutouts (13). On the offensive side of the ball, Deckel led the Pride with eight goals, as he finished his junior season with 18 points.