After a stellar season on the field and a career full of academic success, USC Upstate standout men’s soccer player Marvin Schmiege has added yet another prestigious award as the junior midfielder has been named a Capital One Second Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Capital One Academic All-America program is the most prestigious program honoring student-athletes for their success in the classroom. Recipients of Academic All-America or academic all-district honors must carry a cumulative GPA or 3.3 or better and have reached sophomore standing academically. Schmiege owns a perfect 4.0 GPA for his career as a Business Administration major in the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.
“Marvin has received numerous honors this season, and he is deserving of all of them,” said Upstate head coach Greg Hooks. “He is the ultimate student-athlete and we are very proud of his many accomplishments. His accomplishments are the result of his hard work and self-discipline, and I commend him for his efforts and success.”
Schmiege, from Berlin, Germany, is a highly decorated student-athlete. On the field, he was named the A-Sun Player of the Year and a unanimous First Team All-Conference selection in 2014. He led the conference with nine goals and in goals per game, while ranking second with 20 points and in points per game. He also ranks among the nation’s leaders in the Top 25 in both categories. His player of the year and first team all-conference honors this season follow a second team all-conference nod in 2013 as a sophomore.
As good as Schmiege has been on the field, he has been more impressive in the classroom. Armed with a perfect 4.0 GPA, he has earned several academic honors this season and throughout his career. He was named the A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s soccer and took home A-Sun Academic All-Conference honors this season. He was a Capital One Academic All-District selection prior to earning Academic All-America honors. In addition, he is a two-time A-Sun All-Academic team member and was named an A-Sun Conference Scholar last spring.
Schmiege is the only player from the A-Sun to have earned Academic All-America honors. He is also just one of two men’s soccer players from a school in South Carolina to earn the award.
Schmiege is the 10th Spartan all-time to earn Academic All-America honors and the sixth since Upstate joined the Division I ranks in 2007-08. The other Upstate selections were Darren Ambrose (2nd team in 1993, men’s soccer), Marlon Burgess (3rd team in 1994, men’s soccer), Sean Hartley (3rd team in 1996, men’s soccer), Diana Martinez (1st team in 2008 and 2nd team in 2007, women’s tennis), Nick Schneiders (2nd team in 2010, men’s basketball), Josh Gallman (3rd team in 2010, men’s golf) and Timo Foerster (3rd team in 2011, men’s soccer). Schmiege is the fifth Upstate men’s soccer player to be selected as an Academic All-American.