KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Tuesday the 2020 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes and NAIA Scholar Team awards. The Siena Heights Men's Soccer Program had 11 student-athletes and their 2019-2020 team earn these distinctions.
In order to be nominated for the NAIA Scholar-Athlete, an individual must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport, and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer.
For a team to be awarded, they must have a minimum 3.0-grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the academic year.
Earning the award for the Saints was:
Artur Becker – senior, business major from Novo Hamburgo, Brazil
Leo Hisamatsu – senior, business major from Osaka, Japan (his second time earning this award)
Austin Siterlet – senior, political science major and psychology and philosophy minor from Canton, Michigan (his second time earning this award)
Brayden Stephan – senior, art history major from Highland, Michigan (his second time earning this award)
Uthman Babatunde – junior, biology major from Lagos, Nigeria
Remy Collard – junior, mathematics major and business minor from Okemos, Michigan
Nathaniel Kehres – junior, business major and criminal justice minor from Monroe, Michigan
Andrew Kozan – junior, accounting major from Canton, Michigan
Alexander Mittag – junior, business administration major and marketing minor from Troy, Michigan
Joseph Nuculaj – junior, business major and Spanish minor from Rochester, Michigan
Webster Ruiter – junior, psychology major and business minor from Heerenveen, Netherlands
The Saints team was honored with their 3rd NAIA Scholar Team Award with a 3.3 team GPA. The award has been an honor for 13 years.
To view the NAIA's official release, please click HERE