Maryville College's Ian Schomer, a junior defender from Knoxville, Tennessee, has been named to the 2017 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America® Men's soccer team selected by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) and announced Tuesday.
Schomer, a graduate of Bearden High School, helped the Scots to a 16-3-1 overall record this fall season. Their 9-1-1mark within the USA South Athletic Conference allowed MC to claim the league regular season title. The former midfielder was converted to a defender early in the season and promptly anchored a back line that posted nine shutouts and did not allow more than a pair of goals in any match this season.
Ian attained his third consecutive USA-South All-Academic Team selection by maintaining a 4.0-grade point average while majoring in mathematics.
"I chose Maryville College so I could connect with the community, be less of a statistic, and more of an individual," stated Schomer. "This has been the best path for me to grow and work towards my career within renewable energy technology. It has always been my passion to help the environment in some way."
"The NCAA Division III allows us as student-athletes to take the field for the love of the game," replied Schomer. "The D3 philosophy has allowed me to explore many other opportunities on campus including the arts." Ian is a proud member of the concert choir, a variety of small ensembles, and plays the piano during weekly chapel service. He is an MC student ambassador and President of Circle K while serving as a supplemental instructor in general physics. He represents the Scots' soccer program within the SAAC on campus.
"Ian has been a great leader on campus, in the classroom, and on our soccer team," exclaimed Maryville College Head Soccer Coach Pepe Fernandez. "To maintain a 4.0 in a difficult major while giving back to the college and local community displays why he is so deserving of such a distinctive national accolade."
Schomer becomes Maryville College's fourth CoSIDA Academic All-America. Fellow soccer alum Ridge Carter earned the national distinction last in 2010.
"I do not identify solely as a soccer player," stated Schomer. "I am proud and grateful there is an award that honors my passion and dedication for the sport I play as well as celebrating all the other aspects of my life that I treasure. I am very honored for the accolade."
A complete list of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America teams can be found HERE.