USC Upstate sophomore midfielder Leon Schwarzer has been named CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-America, it was recently announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Schwarzer, a business management major from Muenster, Germany, has compiled a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom. He was named to the A-Sun All-Academic Team this season along with teammate Michelangelo Dovidio.
The A-Sun First Team All-Conference and All-Tournament Team honoree played a pivotal role for Upstate this season en route to its first-ever appearance in the A-Sun Championship Final. Schwarzer tallied nine goals and six assists for a total of 24 points. He finished second in the A-Sun in assists and points, and tied for second in goals.
Nationally, Schwarzer ranked 12th in points per game, 25th in goals per game and 35th in points.
He becomes the fourth A-Sun men’s soccer student-athlete to be honored as an Academic All-American in the past five seasons and third overall for the Spartans since 2011. Overall, Schwarzer is the sixth Upstate men’s soccer player to be selected as an Academic All-American.
Schwarzer is also the 11th Spartan all-time to earn Academic All-America honors and the sixth since Upstate joined the Division I ranks in 2007-08. The other Spartan 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).
The CoSIDA Academic All-America program is the premiere program in honoring college student-athletes for excellence in the classroom and in the field of play. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 and reach their sophomore year academically. Nominees are voted on by sports information directors.