Diaz Earns Academic All-American


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Junior Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) was named to the Academic All-America Third Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced on Monday.

Diaz is only the fourth Badger in the history of the Wisconsin mens soccer program to earn a spot on an Academic All-America team, and the first to do so in six years.

He became eligible for the award when he was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V At-Large team on Nov. 1 by CoSIDA.

Nominations for both awards require that a student-athlete be a starter or important reserve on his or her team with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and has reached a sophomore standing both academically and athletically.

Diaz earned the honor by being a strong force on his team this year, leading the Wisconsin mens soccer team in shots (52), points (16) and assists (eight), and ranking second for goals (four). Academically, Diaz maintained a 3.60 in his Finance major.

This is the second year in a row that Diaz has been honored by CoSIDA. Last year, Diaz was named forward on the All-District V At-Large team with a 3.74 in Management and Human Resources.

The last mens soccer player to gain this recognition was Aaron Lauber, who was named to the Academic All-America first team in 2001. The first Badgers to be nominated were Ryan Kehoe and Alastair Steel, who both made the second team in 1996.

Diaz was also recently named a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the first time in his career at the conclusion of the regular Conference season on Nov. 8.

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