Amick named Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 has named UCLA’s Michael Amick the Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced today. The award, which is presented in each of the 23 sports the Pac-12 sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

Amick, a senior defender from Sunnyvale, Calif., maintains a 3.63 grade point average (GPA) in biochemistry and is a two-time All-Pac-12 selection. Amick was a two-time Academic All-American after being named to the 2016 Academic All-America first team as selected by the College Sports Information directors of America (CoSIDA) this season and earned third team honors last season. He became the first Bruin since Joe Sofia in 2013 to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honors and just the second UCLA player to earned Academic All-America honors in back-to-back seasons (Joe Sofia, 2012-13).  The three-time team captain was also a nominee for the Senior CLASS Award and is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree. 

In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletics accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in voting for the award.

A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 23 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, beach volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling. The award was first established during the 2008-09 academic year.

Also nominated: Brian Nada-Sinkam, Stanford; Christian Thierjung, California; Steven Wright, Washington; Matt Arbogast, Oregon State; Sergio Enriquez, SDSU.

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