Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate standout men’s soccer midfielder Marvin Schmiege has worked hard both on the soccer field and in the classroom. After turning in the best individual season of any Spartan men’s soccer player during the school’s Division I era (2007-present), Schmiege has received his share of individual accolades. On Wednesday, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) granted him one more honor by choosing him as a 2014 NSCAA Scholar All-American.
“Marvin is the ultimate student-athlete and we are very proud of his many accomplishments,” said Upstate head coach Greg Hooks. “His accomplishments are the result of his hard work and self-discipline, and I commend him for his efforts and success. What he means to this program is immeasurable in a variety of aspects.”
Schmiege, a junior from Berlin, Germany, has been sensational on and off the field throughout his career and the effort he put forth in 2014 cemented his place in Upstate men’s soccer lore. Off the field, he continued his excellence in the classroom by posting a perfect 4.0 GPA for the fifth straight semester and carrying a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA as a Business Administration major in the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at Upstate. The NSCAA named him a Third Team Scholar All-American. He is the only player from the A-Sun to earn Scholar All-America honors and is just one of two (Sven Lissek, Furman) from South Carolina to make the list.
The academic honor from the NSCAA is the most recent of a myriad of academic and athletic honors Schmiege has received this year. He was a Capital One Second Team Academic All-America selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s soccer, a Capital One Academic All-District pick and an A-Sun Academic All-Conference selection.
On the field, he was named the A-Sun Player of the Year after leading Upstate to its second appearance in the A-Sun Tournament while leading the conference in scoring. Upstate was picked to miss the league tournament in the preseason coaches poll, but earned a No. 5 seed after Schmiege’s efforts helped secure back-to-back wins over Northern Kentucky and Jacksonville late in the season. He was also a unanimous first team all-conference selection. He became the first Upstate men’s soccer player to earn all-region honors from the NSCAA since Upstate moved to NCAA Division I in 2007 and earned second team honors.
Schmiege led the A-Sun with nine goals and 0.60 goals per game, while ranking second with 20 points and 1.33 points per game. He finished the season ranked in the Top 25 in the nation in goals per game and points per game.