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Academic Success Continues to Match On-Field Success for Utah Soccer

Sep 24, 2020

United Soccer Coaches Release

KANSAS CITY – The success off the field continues for Rich Manning and the University of Utah women's soccer program after earning the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the 11th-consecutive season and 19th overall since the award began in 1996.
The team grade point average of 3.56 for the Utes is tops amongst Pac-12 women's programs earning the honor for the 2019-20 season. Since taking over the program in 2002, Manning's teams have earned team academic distinction from the coaches association 14-of-19 seasons he has been at the helm.
Utah earned its eighth NCAA Tournament berth last season under Manning and placed a pair of Utes on the All-Pac-12 team in Tavia Leachman and Carly Nelson. The pair were also named to the All-Pacific Region by the United Soccer Coaches association. Leachman, a defender out of Long Beach, Calif., led the back line while Nelson record a Pac-12 best 10 shutouts last season in net – which ranked 15th nationally. The Lindon, Utah, product was a member of the OL Reign this summer as part of the NWSL Challenge Cup held the Beehive State and lined up against former Ute teammate Holly Daugirda. She recently signed a short-term deal with OL Reign on Sept. 10.

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the NCAA Division I Board of Director approved the championship schedule for those fall sports that were moved to the spring – which included women's soccer. The first permissible date of competition will be Feb. 3 and the last day being April 17 with Selection Sunday immediately following the next day on April 18.