Wilson tabbed first-team Academic All-American
WALTHAM, Mass. -- After earning Academic All-Big 12 laurels as well as Academic All-District VI honors three times each during her career at The University of Texas, senior forward Kelly Wilson (Odessa, Texas) was named one of 22 student-athletes nationally to be included on one of the three squads making up the 2004 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Soccer Team, as selected by the the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
While Wilson was one of only 11 first-team performers and one of three Big 12 student-athletes recognized on the three squads, she also became the first Academic All-American in UT soccer history.
The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000-member organization consisted of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
A two-time All-American, Wilson concluded her four-year career in 2004 by not only setting UT single-season records for goals (16), assists (14), points (46) and game-winning scores (6), but also ended her tenure as the school's all-time career leader in points (129), games started (84) and assists (41). Additionally, this native of Odessa, Texas, who is studying kinesiology, also tied the school career marks for games played (84) and game-winning goals (13) while leading the Longhorns soccer program to the 2001 Big 12 Championship, four straight 10-plus win seasons and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including this year's run to the round of 16.