Mike Dibbini, a former standout player and coach at Kansas Wesleyan who has recently built Cal Poly Pomona into an Division II championship contender, has been named K-State's first soccer coach.
Kansas defender Caroline Van Slambrouck (second team) and Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith (third team) led Big 12 representatives recognized among the latest academic honors presented by the NSCAA.
Texas Tech forward Janine Beckie and West Virginia defender Kadeisha Buchanan have been named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI First Team.
The Big 12 Conference has announced its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2014 fall sport season.
Four Big 12 soccer standouts – led by Janine Beckie (Texas Tech) and Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia) on the first team – have been named to the NSCAA All-America Teams.
The Big 12 was well represented on the Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's All-Central Region First Team with Kansas, Texas Tech and West Virginia leading the way with two selections each.
Beckie and Buchanan are two of 16 players to be named semifinalists by the committee made up of Division I coaches who are NSCAA members.
Senior Jaelene Hinkle garnered one of the highest academic honors in collegiate athletics as she has been named a Capital One Academic All-America First Team.
The NSCAA annually recognizes college and high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their work on the field.
After overcoming a 2-0 deficit, Texas Tech fell 3-2 to Florida in the third round of NCAA Championship play.
In NCAA second round action, No. 3 Texas Tech advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history with a 2-1 win over Auburn, while Texas fell to nationally ranked Notre Dame.
Texas and Texas Tech will be the Big 12 representatives in NCAA Second Round competition after they advanced with wins over the weekend.