Posted by Christina Young on July 20, 2016
During the spring 2016 honors convocation, members of the Class of 2016 were recognized for excellence in scholarship and citizenship. The 2014-2015 women’s soccer team, represented by senior players Hunter Coppes and Beth Robbins, was presented this year’s Jim Scott Award. It is the eighth time the team has received the award — and for good reason.
Upon again capturing the NACC regular season and tournament titles, the women’s soccer team achieved unprecedented heights in the fall of 2014 as they reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA National Championships, where they eventually fell in penalty kicks. In the classroom, they earned the NCAA Team Academic Award for posting a team GPA over 3.0 and two individuals earned Academic All-American Honors. When they weren’t winning on the field and in the classroom, they helped the Aurora community by serving at the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, coaching youth soccer, packing meals at Feed My Starving Children and preparing soccer fields for the season by putting together goals and nets for the Fox Valley Park District.
The award is presented annually to an athletic team that best demonstrates the characteristics that Jim Scott, former head football coach (1985 to 2005), subscribed to during his tenure at AU: team success, scholarship, sportsmanship and service.