January 13, 2009

Bobcats Win First Ever Ethics/Sportsmanship Award

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Once again the women's soccer team at Georgia College & State University is making a positive step forward to success. The Bobcats are a recipient of the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Ethics/Sportsmanship Award, the first such award in program history.

The requirements for this prestigious award are no red cards and limiting yellow cards to fewer than 10. The Bobcats were placed at the Bronze level due to six yellow cards during the season.

Georgia College is one of only 12 Divison II programs to receive the honor. The NSCAA recognizes 66 programs (including NAIA, junior colleges and both genders). An interesting side note, the Bobcats are the sole Peach Belt Conference (PBC) recipient and team in their respective region to win the Ethics/Sportmanship Award.

"The Ethics/Sportsmanship Award is one of the most difficult to achieve in the entire NSCAA awards program," says Chair of the NSCAA Ethics Committee, Dr. Brian Crossman.

"I am extremely proud of the team for attaining this high honor as it is a very difficult one to attain," says head coach Juan Pablo Favero. "We have a trident of areas we want to excel in: athletically, academically, and as ambassadors of GCSU. Our team has attained a high level of performance in each of these areas. This is the golden broach for a season of excellence, in all we achieved in 2008."

The NSCAA/adidas College Coaches Awards Reception will take place on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Visit www.GCSU.edu/Bobcats to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.