Nov. 29, 2012
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Senior captain Ryan Hollingshead has been named the 2012 Pac-12 Men's Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year, as announced by the conference today. He is the first men's soccer player to win both Pac-12 Player and Scholar Athlete of the Year honors in the same season.
The senior midfielder from Granite Bay, Calif. earned the award after being named the 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and excelling in the classroom off the field. Hollingshead led the Bruins with 22 points (7 g, 8 a) on the year, good for third best in the conference. He also finished second in the conference to teammate Evan Raynr with eight assists in 2012. In addition, Hollingshead started all 19 matches for UCLA this year and was named to National Teams of the Week on four separate occasions. He also racked up numerous accolades for his academic work in 2012, receiving third-team Capital One Academic All-America honors to go along with his first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors. Hollingshead has a 3.48 GPA as a Psychology major and is on track to graduate after the 2012 Fall Quarter.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility), on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.