By Rachel Buck (@GBRachel)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – For the first time in Green Bay men’s soccer history a player has been named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Academic All-American, as senior Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) took home yet another honor from the organization.
A business administration major, Krenzien became the first player in program history to earn NSCAA Academic All-America honors after being named to the second team. He is the only Horizon League player to garner recognition, and just one of three players from the state of Wisconsin. To be named to a Scholar All-America Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA member. The complete list is available on NSCAA.com.
“Sam is a perfect example of what it means to be a successful student-athlete,” head coach Dan Popik said. “He has represented this program to the highest degree on the field and in the classroom. Sam earned this award through hard work, commitment and dedication. This is a fantastic honor to wrap up a great career at Green Bay.”
It is the third overall Academic All-America award for the Phoenix, as Adam Ben-Zikri was an CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American in 2004 and 2005.
The honor pairs with NSCAA University Division Men’s Scholar First Team All-North/Central Region accolades for Krenzien, the only Horizon League player to earn the title this season. It is the second-consecutive year he has been named to the all-region squad. Earlier this month he also earned NSCAA Second Team All-Great Lakes Region honors for his performance on the field.
The honor caps a successful senior campaign for the native from Wauwatosa both on and off the field. Krenzien was tabbed to the Horizon League Second Team All-Conference squad this fall after starting all 17 matches while finishing with team-best 11 goals and 26 points. Both totals were personal single-season highs and also ranked him second in the Horizon League. Earlier in the season he earned Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week honors after totaling a combined eight points in matches against Eastern Illinois and NJIT.
The conference nod was the third postseason conference recognition for Krenzien, after earning all-league first team honors last season in addition to being on the all-newcomer team as a freshman.
For his career at Green Bay, Krenzien appeared in 67 matches, totaling 54 points with 23 goals and eight assists. He was also named to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll three times.
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