CHICKASHA – In his first year of eligibility for the award, USAO junior Scott Parkinson was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
He is one of 15 players in the state to be named to the list, which is complete with 315 players nationwide. Players must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and be at least a junior to qualify.
Parkinson, a physical education junior, has a cumulative GPA of 3.56.
On the field for the Drovers, Parkinson scored USAO’s only goal in a 1-1 tie against Oklahoma City in the SAC Tournament and helped out with two assists this season.
But more importantly for the Drovers, Parkinson anchored the back line that allowed just 11 goals all season and earned 11 shutouts.
In addition to being a leader both on the field and in the classroom, Parkinson double-duties as the head boys’ soccer coach and assistant girls’ soccer coach at Chickasha High School.
Already this year, Parkinson was named Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-SAC First Team. In 2011, he was named an NAIA All-America Third Team recipient and SAC Defensive MVP. As a freshman, he was named All-Conference Second Team.
He is from Liverpool, England, and is the son of James and Susan Parkinson.