Dec. 15, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - Senior women's soccer captain Kendall VanDine closed out a stellar career by becoming only the second Bulldog in program history to be named a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American. Named to the third team, VanDine was the only student-athlete from the Western Athletic Conference to make the prestigious squad.
"It's awesome," said VanDine of the honor. "I put a lot of pride in my academics and it's great to be recognized. I think it will show that Fresno State puts more importance on academics and actually is not all about soccer. We are trying to better ourselves in all aspects of life."
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) use the award to honor exceptional collegiate student-athletes competing across the country. The award is only given to student-athletes who have excelled not only in their respective sports, but also in the classroom.
"Kendall is extremely deserving of this award," said head coach Brian Zwaschka. "She is a tremendous example of making the most her time as a student-athlete and a dream to coach."
Both Bulldog soccer Academic All-Americans have come under Zwaschka's tenure. Katie Lee became the first in 2010.
"I feel it is a testament to the team culture we are building towards excellence on the field and in the classroom," added Zwaschka. "Our student-athletes are seeing the benefits of embracing this culture and they are taking responsibility daily for their actions. The awards are symbolic, but the real reward is how this diligence will carry these young ladies forward the rest of their professional lives."
VanDine is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII recipient. The communicative disorders major will graduate this spring.
"I'm applying to grad schools right now, but I'm planning on becoming a speech language pathologist," added VanDine.
She played every minute of every match for the Bulldogs in 2011 and has logged 7,756 game time minutes in her career, the equivalent of over 129 hours.
During her four years as a Bulldog, the three-year captain led the team to two conference titles, two NCAA tournament appearances, was named to the All-WAC tournament and Preseason All-WAC teams twice and was a three-time Academic All-WAC award recipient, an award in which she is expected to receive for a fourth time when the teams are announced in the spring.
The 2011 season also saw VanDine named to CS360.com's Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 3-9). She was a cornerstone of a defense that recorded 10 shutouts and ranked in the top 50 nationally for shutout percentage.
"We are all very proud of Kendall and we certainly respect how instrumental she has been as a leader and battler in the forward movement of our program," said Zwaschka. "We just hope those still in the program can emulate that foundation she has worked so hard to strengthen."
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