Senior defender Kaitlin McCulloch (Florence, Ky.) has been recognized as an academic all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
McCulloch, a biology major with a 3.77 grade-point average, was named to the NSCAA’s second team and was one of just 39 athletes to earn the college-division honor, which includes players from NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA institutions.
She was eligible for the national award after previously being named to the NSCAA’s North/Central Region academic first team.
On the playing field, McCulloch became the first all-American in Hanover’s 18-year soccer history when she was selected to the coaches' association's third-team earlier this winter.
A four-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree, McCulloch was named the HCAC's defensive player of the year for the second season in a row after helping the Panthers' defense post 10 shutouts in 19 matches and tie the 2009 squad’s school record by allowing just 10 goals.
Hanover finished the 2012 campaign with a 13-4-2 overall record. The Panthers placed third in the Heartland Conference with a 6-2-1 mark.
Founded in 1941, the NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game. Based in Kansas City, Kansas, their mission is to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community by providing a national education program, networking opportunities and membership benefits.
Published Friday, January 11, 2013