KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 24, 2019) — United Soccer Coaches announced the winners of the inaugural Team Pinnacle Awards on Thursday. Thirty-six high school teams and 22 college programs are recipients of the award for the 2018-19 academic year for achieving a high level of fair play, educational excellence and success on the pitch.

To be considered for this award, teams must have received either the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the High School or College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award; achieved recognition in the classroom as a recipient of the High School or College Team Academic Award; and recorded a winning percentage of .750 or higher during the respective season.

“This prestigious new team award designed to recognize a combination of academics, sportsmanship and athletic excellence may be the most difficult award to achieve for any soccer program,” said Steve Veal, United Soccer Coaches Awards Manager. “The award was proposed by Mike Lynch, Women’s Coach at Belmont Abbey College (N.C.) and chair of our Faith-Based Coaches Advocacy Group, and approved by our Awards Committee. A special thanks to Mike and Tom Gerlach, Boys and Girls Coach at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tenn., who chaired the College and High School Committees respectively for their vision and service.”

Teams will be formally recognized at either the College Coaches Reception on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 or the High School Coaches Breakfast on Friday, Jan 17, 2020 in Baltimore, Md., as part of the United Soccer Coaches Convention.

2018-19 High School Team Pinnacle Award Winners

School City, State Program
Abraham Lincoln High School Council Bluffs, Iowa Girls
Albemarle High School Charlottesville, Va. Girls
Archbishop Moeller High School Cincinnati, Ohio Boys
Belleville/New Glarus Co-Op High School Belleville, Wis. Girls
Benet Academy Lisle, Ill. Girls
Bishop Watterson High School Columbus, Ohio Girls
Cambridge Christian School Tampa, Fla. Boys
Cambridge Christian School Tampa, Fla. Girls
Catholic Memorial High School Waukesha, Wis. Girls
Cheyenne Central High School Cheyenne, Wyo. Girls
Christ Presbyterian Academy Nashville, Tenn. Girls
Ellington High School Ellington, Conn. Girls
Fountain Valley School of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colo. Boys
George Mason High School Falls Church, Va. Boys
Hammond School Columbia, S.C. Girls
Hudson High School Hudson, Iowa Boys
Kearney High School Kearney, Neb. Boys
Lee’s Summit West High School Lee’s Summit, Mo. Girls
Lincoln Lutheran High School Lincoln, Neb. Girls
Louisburg High School Louisburg, Kan. Girls
Manheim Central High School Manheim, Pa. Girls
Maryvale Preparatory School Lutherville, Md. Girls
Masconomet Regional High School Boxford, Mass. Boys
Mauldin High School Mauldin, S.C. Girls
May River High School Bluffton, S.C. Boys
McKeel Academy of Technology Lakeland, Fla. Girls
Mt. Vernon High School Greenfield, Ind. Girls
Northview High School Brazil, Ind. Girls
Poly Prep Country Day School Brooklyn, N.Y. Girls
Pomfret School Pomfret, Conn. Girls
South River High School Edgewater, Md. Girls
Southern Boone County High School Ashland, Mo. Boys
Southern Boone County High School Ashland, Mo. Girls
St. Francis Catholic High School Sacramento, Calif. Girls
St. Thomas Aquinas High School Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Boys
Wallenpaupack Area High School Hawley, Pa. Girls


2018-19 College Team Pinnacle Award Winners

School City, State Program
Belmont Abbey College Belmont, N.C. Women
Benedictine College Atchison, Kan. Women
Bridgewater College Bridgewater, Va. Women
University of California-San Diego San Diego, Calif. Women
Calvin University Grand Rapids, Mich. Men
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, Okla. Women
Centre College Danville, Ky. Women
University of Dubuque Dubuque, Iowa Women
Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, Conn. Men
Ferris State University Big Rapids, Mich. Women
Grove City College Grove City, Pa. Women
Herkimer College Herkimer, N.Y. Women
Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs, Iowa Women
Ithaca College Ithaca, N.Y. Women
Loras College Dubuque, Iowa Women
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Standish, Maine Women
SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, N.Y. Women
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas Women
Union County College Cranford, N.J. Women
Webster University St. Louis, Mo. Women
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse La Crosse, Wis. Women
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. Women