Caleb Collier Named Academic All-American

caleb-collier-missouri-sandt-soccerSenior defender Caleb Collier (Springfield, Mo./Kickapoo) was selected to the All-America squad for his work in the classroom, which are afforded to student-athletes with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average at their institution as well as for their play on the field. Collier was a third team choice and was joined by his teammate Adam Stensland.

Collier, a mechanical engineering major, assisted on two goals this season from his wing back position. He is a two year starter in that role, starting all 14 games he played in this season while starting 16 of 17 games in 2011.

With 18 starts in 20 games as a sophomore, when the team reached the NCAA 2nd round, losing to eventual national champion Northern Kentucky, Collier had 48 starts in three years. Add in an NCAA campaign and a two-time District Academic honors to go with the All-American recognition this year. I can’t believe the kid’s already completed his career at Rolla (my alma mater as well). Well done Caleb!

The duo was part of a Miner defensive unit held its opponents to just 13 goals in 16 games this season as S&T posted nine shutouts and the fifth-best save percentage in the NCAA Division II ranks.