Feb. 22, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. -- - Four Michigan State men's soccer players were named to the NSCAA 2012 Men's University Division Scholar All-North/Central Region team. Junior defensemen Kevin Cope was a first team selection, while junior midfielder Cody Henderson, junior defensemen Wesley Curtis, and redshirt sophomore Ryan Keener were second team selections. Cope also earned national accolades, earning a spot on the NSCAA Men's University Division Scholar All-America Second Team.
Michigan State's four All Scholar players on the regional team were more than any other Big Ten school, and tied them with Marquette and Notre Dame for the most selections of any team in the region.
The Spartans ranked 21st nationally as team with a cumulative 3.13 team GPA, a mark that ranked Michigan State third in the Big Ten.
"I am extremely proud of Kevin, Ryan, Wes, and Cody," said head coach Damon Rensing. "Anyone who can not only balance academics and athletics, but excel in both areas shows their commitment to being a true student-athlete. Also, to have our team GPA ranked #21 out of all Division I Men's soccer programs shows the commitment that our administration, coaching, and support staff have to academics here at MSU. I want to personally thank Jim Pignataro, Jeremy Flynn, and all of the SASS support staff in helping our program achieve a high standard of academic success. To combine a Big Ten Tournament Championship and 2nd round NCAA tournament appearance with this academic success truly makes this a special year for Michigan State men's soccer."
Cope, a finance major, finished the semester with a 3.70 and has been an Academic All-Big Ten selection in each of the last two years, including being one of the Big Ten's Distinguished Scholars for 2011-12.
Henderson, who is majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies of the Social Sciences, has a 3.42 cumulative GPA and was also announced as an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the fall of 2012.
Kinesiology major Ryan Keener finished the fall semester with a 3.90 cumulative GPA. He has been named Academic All-Big Ten twice and was one of the Big Ten's Distinguished Scholars for 2011-2012.
Supply chain management major Wesley Curtis owns a 3.52 cumulative GPA as well as earning Academic All-Big Ten honors this past fall.
"We at SASS couldn't be more pleased with the men's soccer team's unprecedented academic success," said Associate Athletic Director for Student Services/Director of Student-Athlete Support Services Jim Pignataro. "Both Jeremy Flynn, the team's academic coordinator, and I congratulate Coach Rensing and the staff for reinforcing the importance of excelling in the classroom and graduating. We are honored to work with the the team, and celebrate Kevin, Cody, Wesley, and Ryan for their individual accomplishments."