Christina Gibbons has been named the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year.DURHAM, N.C. – Following an outstanding career on the pitch as well as in the classroom, Duke University senior
Gibbons will be formally acknowledged for her accomplishments on the field and in the classroom at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on Jan. 14, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with the 2017 NSCAA Convention.
Gibbons, who hails from Raleigh, N.C., was a 2016 NSCAA Scholar All-America and CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree. A visual media studies major, she owns a 3.90 grade-point average, has been on the Dean’s List at Duke in five of her six semesters, was a 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District III first team selection and received All-ACC Academic Team honors each of her first three years.
The 5-6 defender/midfielder was selected 2016 NSCAA First Team All-America and is one of 15 finalists for the Hermann Trophy. She was named the 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year along with First Team All-ACC. Gibbons was just the third Blue Devil to receive the defensive honor from the league as Duke has registered 11 shutouts on the season. A steady defender and dynamic offensive threat, Gibbons totaled a team-high eight assists to go along with four goals, including two game-winners.
Only the third Duke student-athlete in school history to be selected NSCAA First Team All-America, Gibbons helped lead the Blue Devils to a 15-5-3 overall and 7-2-1 league mark and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship in 2016.
As a junior, Gibbons helped the Blue Devils to a NCAA College Cup appearance, earning All-Tournament Team honors and was named a Second-Team NSCAA All-America.
Over her career, she started 86-of-87 games played and totaled 10 goals, 19 assists and 39 points. Her seven career penalty kick goals were a school record. Gibbons finished her career with 7,794 minutes played, which was the third most in Blue Devil history and the second most by a field player.