Utah Valley University junior Paul Hoffmeister was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Men's Soccer second team, it was announced on Tuesday. Hoffmeister becomes just the third student-athlete in UVU's NCAA Division I era to receive the Academic All-America recognition.
"Paul's commitment to academic excellence and his determination in the classroom is nothing short of remarkable," said UVU head coach Greg Maas. "I couldn't be more proud of Paul and his selection to the Academic All-America Team. It's an incredible honor for him and our university, and I hope it will help to inspire other student-athletes to achieve in the classroom as well."
The German midfielder led the Wolverines with nine goals and 21 points this season. Hoffmeister is a business management major and boasts a 3.95 GPA and will graduate in December, earning his degree in just two and a half years.
He became an Academic All-America candidate after being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Team for the second-straight year. He was joined on the all-district team by Wolverines Chandler Baddley, Alex Neff and Karson Payton.
Hoffmeister's junior campaign also included a first-team All-WAC honor as well as national recognition via College Soccer News' National Team of the Week and the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week during the season.
He registered a brace three different times during the season, including both goals in a 2-1 win over No. 11 national seed Washington, which advanced to this week's College Cup Sweet 16 after Sunday's win over New Mexico.
The two prior Utah Valley student-athletes to receive Academic All-America honors were Billy Burgess (baseball, 2012) and Holton Hunsaker (men's basketball, 2014). Burgess was a third-team selection and Hunsaker a second-team pick.
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