Politz Named Academic All-America of the Year
Dec. 7, 2017

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest senior Kevin Politz was named the Division I Men's Soccer Academic All-America of the Year by CoSIDA, also earning a first team Academic All-America spot, on Thursday.

The award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

To be eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 GPA while being a meaningful contributor on the field in at least his second year at the school.

By being named Academic All-America of the Year, he's recognized as the top scholar-athlete in Division I.

In the classroom, Politz is a mathematical business major and computer science minor with a 3.94 GPA. He also earned first team Scholar All-Region honors last year. He has been on the Dean's List every semester and has had a perfect 4.0 GPA in three of his six completed semesters so far.

On the field, he was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. A team captain, he anchored a back line which totaled 13 shutouts this year and allowed just 13 goals in 23 games. He also scored the game-winning goal against then-No. 12 Providence. In his four-year career, he started 71 of the 72 games he played in and helped the Deacs post more than 40 shutouts.

"This is an incredible honor for Kevin," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "At Wake Forest, we pride ourselves on student-athlete development both on and off the field. Kevin is the epitome of how we want to represent Wake Forest in every way. He has been a tremendous leader of our team and I couldn't be more proud of him."



Politz is just the fourth member of the men's soccer program to earn Academic All-America honors, joining Zach Schilawski (2008, 09), William Hesmer (2003) and Donald Heck (1988).

He is the second student-athlete in Wake Forest history to earn Academic All-America of the Year honors, following Anne Bersagel of track & cross country in 2006.

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