PHCC soccer players earn academic honors

December 17, 2015

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Two Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) men’s soccer players have earned national academic honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Sophomores Elias Tamburini and Connor O’Dwyer have been named to the 2015 NSCAA Junior College Men’s Scholar All-America First Team.

In addition to his All-America honors, Tamburini was selected as the Scholar Player of the Year for Junior College, the highest individual academic honor the organization gives. The Scholar All-America Team and Scholar Player of the Year award recognizes student-athletes and their dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.

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 College Services member.

Tamburini, who holds a 3.8 GPA, was recently named an All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the NSCAA for his performance on the field. He was also named a NJCAA All-Region selection. Tambruini has committed to play for Virginia Tech next year and plans to study business.

O’Dwyer, who holds a 3.9 GPA, was an All-Region selection the previous two seasons for his performance on the field. The former team captain has committed to play at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) next year and plans to study engineering.

“As a coach, I am super proud of these two gentleman,” said head coach Enda Crehan. “They are great examples on how to be a student-athlete and combine both at an extremely high level. They are both deserving of this award and have committed to great academic institutions.”

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