Players earn top grades

The women’s soccer team had a school-high with nine student-athletes named to the Fall 2005 Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team. TCU had 27 student-athletes total.The All-Academic Team, announced on Feb. 15, 2005, requires that student-athletes complete at least one academic term to be eligible, hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above and be a significant contributor on their team, according to

Head soccer coach Dan Abdalla said the team has structured policies regarding academics.

“All of our freshman are required eight hours of study hall and then to meet once a week with our academic adviser Chris Uchacz to go through everything in terms of study habits and how their classes are going,” Abdalla said.

Uchacz, director of athletic academic services, said the team has a cumulative GPA of 3.30.

Abdalla said the team is required to keep a GPA of 3.0 or above. If an individual fails to keep a 3.0, the eight hours of study hall continues to be a requirement beyond a player’s freshman year.

Abdalla said students were involved in the creation of the policy requiring students to attend study hall.

Junior Breanne Kaldheim, named to the All-Academic Team for the fall 2005, said the policy is designed to make academics a priority.

“Coaches make sure that we go to study hall hours and encourage us to do time management well between balancing soccer, school and social life,” Kaldheim said. “They encourage soccer and school to be first.”

Junior Angie Nickens, also named to the All-Academic Team, said the skills learned on the field can be used in the classroom.

“Soccer players are smart,” Nickens said. “We have so much dedication on the field, we can apply it to the classroom too.