CONWAY, S.C. -- The Coastal Carolina men's soccer team's junior forward, Kevin Van Den Berg, was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III University Mens Soccer First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday, Nov 2. Van Den Berg's first team honor places him on the national ballot for Academic All-American to be announced on Monday, Nov. 20.
Van Den Berg is a double-major, majoring in both business management and finance, and has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.86. He was named to the 2006 Big South All-Academic Team and to the Dean's List in 2005. He is a member of the Wall Fellows Program, an honors program for those majoring in business. He has played in 17 games this season with 10 starts. He has netted a total of seven goals, including his first-ever hat trick in the 3-2 Chanticleer victory over the College of Charleston on Oct. 3. He has also collected two assists this season for Coastal.
The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Team is part of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American program. The academic team is made up of student-athletes from Division I schools in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or an important reserve with a minimum grade point average of 3.20. Team members are selected by a vote of members of College Sports Information Directors of America within the district.
Coastal (10-6-2), the second seed, faces seventh-seeded UNC Asheville Thursday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m., in the first round of the 2006 Big South Mens Soccer Tournament in Radford, Va. Coastal defeated UNC Asheville 1-0 in the two squads earlier meeting on Sept. 26 in Conway.