Bryan Soccer player continues to collect awards
AUSTIN, Tex. – On Monday, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced the 2017-18 Academic All-America® College Division soccer teams, and for the second consecutive year Bryan College men’s soccer’s Stephen Ricketts earned CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team honors.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division soccer teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian, and two-year institutions.
This season, only one other individual besides Ricketts was a repeat honoree of the second team. Last year, Ricketts was recognized by CoSIDA by making the All-District® First Team and continued to be noticed as he was named to the Second Team of the CoSIDA All-America® Men’s Soccer College Division Team. Once again, in mid-November Ricketts earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District® Team in District 2 (AR, IL, IN, KY, LA, TN) of the College Division, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. As a member to the First-team Academic All-District®, Ricketts advanced to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot and was selected to the second team.
Other awards collected by Ricketts in 2017…
Ricketts is no stranger to awards, having garnered accolades from the Appalachian Athletic Conference, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and CoSIDA in 2017.
Along with being named the AAC Defensive Player of the Year this season, Ricketts helped anchor the Lion’s back line that allowed a 1.45 goal per game average, which is a top-5 average in the conference. His efforts led to him receiving AAC Defensive Player of the Week, NAIA National Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, and All-Conference First Team honors following last year’s All-Conference Second Team designation.
Ricketts played a major role in the Lion’s phenomenal season, which includes wins over three ranked opponents and one receiving votes, an impressive 14-6 overall record and 8-1 conference record, a No. 2 finish in the AAC regular-season, an appearance in the semifinal round of the conference tournament, and a 25th-place ranking in the final NAIA Coaches’ top-25 poll.
In addition to his All-Conference First Team honors and Defensive Player of the Year crown, Ricketts made the All-Academic Team and was voted to the AAC Champion’s of Character Team. To make the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must excel in the classroom, completing two terms of attendance, and attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. To be voted to the AAC Champion’s of Character Team, the individual must represent the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.
Last week, Ricketts was one of eight Lions soccer players recognized as a 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, which reflects excellence in the classroom by NAIA-member student-athletes who are juniors or above in academic standing with a 3.5 cumulative GPA. It was the second straight year that Ricketts earned the title of Scholar Athlete. The awards are given annually to outstanding student-athletes in the various sports in which the program is active and their respective teams are eligible for NAIA postseason competition.