DURHAM, N.C. – Thanks to another strong year in the classroom, the Duke Blue Devils have earned the 2017-18 United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, the association announced Thursday.
To qualify for the award, programs must sport a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Blue Devils reeled in the honor for the 16th time in program history, picking up the award every year since it first received it in 2003. The Blue Devils’ 16 team academic awards are the most in the ACC.
Duke is one of seven ACC women’s teams to receive the honor and one of three in the league to have both its men’s and women’s teams recognized in 2017-18.
Head coach Robbie Church’s squad did not miss a beat in carrying on its tradition of excellence in the classroom, posting a 3.44 GPA for the 2017-18 academic year. Leading the way was the 2017 United Soccer Coaches National Scholar Athlete of the Year Imani Dorsey. Dorsey, who was also named CoSIDA Academic All-America, joined Schuyler DeBree, EJ Proctor and Kayla McCoy as the Blue Devils’ four United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Americans.
The Blue Devils also placed an ACC record 10 student-athletes on the ACC All-Academic Team in 2017-18, which featured the four United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Americans along with Chelsea Burns, Ashton Miller, Taylor Mitchell, Rebecca Quinn, Taylor Racioppi and Morgan Reid.
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