CHICKASHA – The Drover women’s soccer team certainly embodies the definition of “student-athletes,” with much success both on the field and in the classroom.

This unique group of women earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the 2009-10 academic year, an award the coaches were notified of Wednesday.

“We encourage our kids to work just as hard in the classroom as they do on the field,” Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “I’m so proud of our women’s team and their achievement. The USAO women have done a great job representing USAO.”

In addition to a Sooner Athletic Conference tournament appearance in the 2009 season, the Drover women had a composite GPA of 3.32 for the 2009-10 academic year.

“This achievement sets your team apart from other teams, demonstrating your program’s commitment to achievement on the field and in the classroom,” Joe Cummings, NSCAA executive director, said in a letter to Hampton.

Additionally, junior mid-fielders Gabby Martinez and Lexxa Kever in December were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes for their high GPAs and academic success.

Published: Jan. 5, 2011