AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron senior midfielder Scott Caldwell has been named the 2012 All-America Scholar Athlete of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the organization announced Monday.
Caldwell, who owns a 3.94 cumulative GPA as an accounting major, becomes the second student-athlete in Akron history and second men's soccer player to receive such honors, following Kofi Sarkodie – who won a similar award presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) – in 2010.
Caldwell, a senior from Braintree, Mass., was a first-team All-American in 2012 as well as the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. The two-year team captain also was a semifinalist for the prestigious Hermann Trophy and one of 10 finalists nationally for the Senior CLASS Award.
He finished with a team-leading 10 assists to go with a career-high nine goals last fall while leading the Zips to MAC regular-season and tournament titles and a trip to the NCAA's Round of 16. Caldwell earned Academic All-America First Team honors from CoSIDA for a second consecutive season and was rated the No. 6 upperclassman in the country, according to Top Drawer Soccer.
Caldwell appeared in 88 matches over four years at Akron, including 66 starts. In all, the attacking midfielder tallied 20 goals and 22 assists for a total of 62 points. Moreover, seven of his 20 goals were game-winners and six of his 22 assists led to game-winning strikes. The 2010 College Cup's Most Outstanding Offensive Player, Caldwell will likely be best remembered for netting the decisive strike against Louisville in the national championship match that clinched the school's first team national championship in any sport.
During his career, Caldwell was a two-time NSCAA All-American and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America squad twice. He is also a three-time Academic All-MAC honoree.