Date Published

Monday, December 9, 2013

CHICKASHA – Alex Rubio, a men’s soccer player for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, has been twice recognized for his scholastic talent as well as performances on the field as a men’s soccer starter.

Rubio earned both the national honor for Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and CoSIDA Academic All-District.

“Alex has had an excellent year. He has worked hard over the last two years to earn a starting spot in our lineup,” Head Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “He has done very well in the classroom and truly represents what we expect from our student athletes. I’m proud of this amazing honor for him.”

CoSIDA Academic All-District chose 11 honorees in the district USAO is a part of, and Rubio was one of three mid-fielders in the district with the honor.

Nationwide, Rubio is among 355 men’s soccer players were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

The Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete programs recognize excellence in the classroom by NAIA-member student-athletes who are juniors or above in academic standing with a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Students must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer.

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.

Rubio, a junior from Zaragoza, Spain, maintains a 3.83 grade point average while majoring in business.

For his career on the field, Rubio has three goals and two assists for the Drovers.

"He has worked hard his three years here in the classroom, and we are proud of his efforts," Hampton said. "He's a good young man with a bright future."

He is the son of Carlos Rubio and Maria Jose Solauas.