MADISON, Wis. - Edgewood College is the home to 33 Academic All-District awards and 11 Academic All-American awards, but the Eagles have never won a student-athlete award this big. Edgewood College women’s soccer player Elaine Gerry was named the 2012 CapitalOne Academic All-American of the Year, singling her out among the thousands of NCAA Division III women’s soccer student-athletes across the nation.
Gerry, a native of Prairie du Sac, Wis., was named to the CapitalOne Academic All-American First Team for the second consecutive year, after earning Academic All-District honors for the third year in a row. Among the 11 first team selections, the national committee chose Gerry as the Academic All-American of the Year for her outstanding combination of academic and athletic accomplishments.
Gerry scored 25 goals and scored 58 points this season, which ranks sixth in the nation among NCAA Division III women’s soccer players. Gerry scored her 100th career goal in the Eagles’ final regular season game, making her the 17th player in NCAA Division III history to reach the century mark. A two-time Northern Athletics Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a four-time First Team All-NAC selection, Gerry graduates as the league’s all-time leading scorer in both goals (100) and points (223).
Gerry, who returned from a knee injury that cost her the entire 2009 season, is exemplary in the classroom. An Accounting major, she owns a 3.95 grade point average. In eight completed semesters, she has never failed to reach the Dean’s List. In fact, in six of her eight semesters she has recorded a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Gerry is a three-time Northern Athletics Conference Scholar-Athlete and will certainly earn a fourth award at the end of this academic year.
Gerry will graduate from Edgewood College this December. In addition to soccer and school, she has been working full time as an accountant for Culver Franchising System, Inc. in Prairie du Sac since May.
Gerry also becomes the first Edgewood College athlete in any sport to be named Academic All-American First Team twice. Previously, only women’s basketball player Megan Scheele (1st team in 2008-09 and 2nd team in 2007-08) and baseball player Andrew Handorf (1st team in 2005-06 and 3rd team in 2004-05) had ever earned two Academic All-American honors.
She is already a part of head coach Tim Alexander’s soccer program’s elite roster of Academic All-Americans. Gerry joins men’s soccer players Tyler Duellman (1st team in 2009-10), Jerrid Dokey (2nd team in 2009-10) and Dan Butz (3rd team in 2004-05) as Academic All-Americans from the Edgewood College soccer program. Alexander has coached both the men’s and women’s programs since their inceptions.
To be eligible for CapitalOne Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.