Six members of the Seattle University men's soccer team are among the 46 student-athletes to receive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic honors, announced Friday by the conference office.
Senior Marshall Kosaka (Burien, Wash.) earned his third straight academic honor, while Bobby Segal (Portland, Ore.) received the academic recognition for the second consecutive year. First-time honorees include senior Devin Thomas (Puyallup, Wash.), juniors Brady Ballew (Marysville, Wash.) and Renato Bandeira (Sammamish, Wash.), and sophomore Kyle Silva (Winnipeg, Manitoba).
In order to be eligible for MPSF All-Academic recognition, a student-athlete must have maintained a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, must be at least a sophomore academically, must have completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the fall season, and must have competed in at least 50 percent of the institution's competitions.
Earlier this week, the Western Athletic Conference announced that it was sponsoring men's soccer as a championship sport starting with the fall 2013 season. Seattle University, along with 2013-14 WAC members CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon, will be joined by affiliate members Air Force, Houston Baptist, San Jose State, and UNLV. Conference newcomers Utah Valley and Chicago State are scheduled to add men's soccer as a varsity sport by fall 2014.
Combining the MPSF honorees with those honored by the WAC earlier this week, 47 Seattle University student-athletes from the sports of cross country, soccer, and volleyball received academic recognition for their continued scholastic performance.