DURHAM, N.C. – Another honor has rolled in for Duke’s star senior Kayla McCoy, as she was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District III First Team Thursday, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced.
This is the second-straight year McCoy has earned first team laurels, qualifying her for the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot. First-, second- and third-team (if necessary) Academic All-Americans will be announced in early December. McCoy is the eighth player in program history to land multiple Academic All-District First Team honors in her career.
A native of Lincolnwood, Ill., McCoy has turned in an outstanding senior season so far, helping lead the No. 4 seed Blue Devils to their 24th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and ninth as a national seed. The forward leads the team with 10 goals and 27 points, along with seven assists, all ranking inside the top four in the ACC. For her prowess on the field, McCoy was named to the All-ACC First Team last week, becoming the 11th player in program history to earn multiple first team conference laurels.
As a member of the winningest senior class in program history, McCoy has led Duke to a pair of College Cup showings (2015 & 2017) in her career, along with an NCAA Quarterfinal showing in 2016.
McCoy’s impact over her four-year career has also led her to make moves in the DWS record book. The Blue Devil forward now has 36 career tallies, which puts her fourth all-time in DWS history and three shy of tying for third. She also stands top five in the Duke career record book with 14 game-winning goals (T-3rd), 88 points (T-4th) and five multi-goal games (T-5th).
Off the field, McCoy has been a stud in the classroom and in the community in her time at Duke. The cultural anthropology major and chemistry minor currently sports a 3.76 GPA. Along with being named a United Soccer Coaches Second Team Scholar All-American last year, McCoy has been named to the ACC Honor Roll all three seasons and is a two-time member of the ACC All-Academic Team.
McCoy participated in the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program—a collaborative service initiative between Duke and Stanford—in the summer of 2018, traveling to South Africa for a month to assist in teaching academics, sports and life skills to the local children. McCoy has also worked with Bull City Fit the last two years, a community-based wellness program located in Durham, N.C., that offers free activity sessions during the evenings and weekends that encourage and promote active living.
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