Richards A First-Team Academic All-American
Dec. 1, 2011
TOWSON, Md. - A day after Brent Richards was named the 2012 Pac-12 Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's soccer he was named a First-Team Capital One Academic All-American. This is the seventh time in school history that a Husky has been named an Academic All-American. Richards made the third-team in 2010.
Rylan Hawkins in 2009 was the only other Husky to earn first-team honors.
A total of 33 student-athletes, 11 on each the first, second and third-teams are honored for both the men and women. Richards was just one of two Pac-12 honorees on the men's side as UCLA's Chandler Hoffmann was named to the second-team.
With a 3.73 GPA in Economics, the Camas, Wash., native leaves UW as one of the most decorated student-athletes in men's soccer both on and off the field. All four years at UW he led the team in goals, assists, shots, game-winning goals and points. All-time in school history he ranks ninth in goals and is tied for 10th in points. He was a two-time team captain, pre-season All-American and ranked by TopDrawerSoccer.com as one of the top MLS picks and seniors in 2011.
He was a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection, a 2010 Third-Team ESPN Academic All-American, a LOWE's Senior CLASS Award candidate, 2010 NSCAA Scholar All-American and an Academic All-District selection (three times).
Senior goalkeeper Brian Holt of Creighton University and senior forward Krista Lopez of Oklahoma State University were named the Academic All-Americans of the year for their sport.