Saturday, December 10, 2011
FORT MYERS, Fla. – As the 2011 NCAA Men’s College Cup ® got underway in Hoover, Ala. on Friday, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Foundation announced its 2011 recipient and All-America teams. Selected as one of four first team All-America members was FGCU men’s soccer redshirt senior goalkeeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS).
Joining Glick on the All-America first team was IUPUI forward Perez Agaba, Notre Dame defender Greg Klazura and Louisville forward Colin Rolfe. After helping Creighton to a No. 2 national ranking and a spot in the NCAA Men’s College Cup ®, goalkeeper Brian Holt was selected as the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner.
"What a proud moment for Adam, his family and Florida Gulf Coast University," said fifth-year head coach and A-Sun Coach of the Year Bob Butehorn. "I am very happy for Adam."
As a three-time FGCU team captain, Glick has suffered major injuries three times and bounced back even stronger each time, with the most significant coming in 2009 when a torn meniscus resulted in a four week stay in the hospital after a staph infection caused him to lose 60 pounds. He sat out the entire 2009 season and returned in 2010 to win A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year and lead FGCU to its first Atlantic Sun regular season title.
Entering the 2011 campaign, Glick was named the frontrunner to repeat his 2010 A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year and All-Conference first team selection in the 2011 preseason coaches’ balloting. The Leola, Pa. native led FGCU to a perfect 9-0 record in the A-Sun in 2010 en route to its first regular season title, while leading the A-Sun in four categories, including shutouts with program-record eight. In 2011, Glick helped the Eagles to a 12-6-2 overall record while successfully defending the regular season crown with a 7-1 league mark. In their first year of postseason eligibility, the Green and Blue earned the A-Sun Tournament’s top seed, and went on to a pair of one-goal victories to clinch the A-Sun Tournament Championship and receive the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship in just the fifth year of the program.
As one of the ten national finalists for the award, Glick was also named to the A-Sun All-Conference first team for the second consecutive season, as well as, one of two Eagles on the inaugural A-Sun Academic All-Conference team. The Leola, Pa. native started 12 contests this season for the Eagles and ranked fourth in the A-Sun in both a goals against average (1.12) and save percentage (.759). FGCU’s all-time wins leader (32) totaled 44 saves on the season, including a pair of nine-save outings against Washington and at Stetson, to improve his program record to 260. The two-time team captain also posted three shutouts in 2011, good for fifth in the A-Sun, and earned the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week Award for his efforts against Rhode Island in the 4-0 shutout. Glick was also selected as the Nike Portland Invitational Defensive MVP at the beginning of season, earning a pair of draws and totaling 10 saves through a pair of contests against host Portland and Washington.
Glick has been an outstanding ambassador for both the FGCU Athletics department and the men’s soccer program during his time on campus, excelling both on and off the playing field. A dual major with a 3.43 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in business management and business marketing, Glick is also a three-time A-Sun All-Academic honoree. Outside the classroom and competitive arena, Glick has been equally as active. The redshirt senior is a Boys & Girls Club of Lee County mentor and a Toys for Tots and Salvation Army volunteer since 2007. He has also been an American Heart Association/American Red Cross fundraiser participant, an American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser and participant, and a local soccer instructor since 2007. Glick also served as the men’s soccer representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was on the NCAA Steering Committee as a Student-Athlete representative during FGCU Division I reclassification period.
Glick was also the recipient of the Duane Swanson Sr. Inspiration Award at the 2011 FGCU Awards Ceremony, bestowed upon individuals associated with FGCU Athletics who display perseverance, dedication, and determination when confronted with a life-altering event, while serving as a role model and inspiration to others. While leading the Eagles into their first season of full Division I eligibility in the 2011 campaign, Glick has also been instrumental in enhancing the FGCU Athletics image, serving as an intern in the marketing department.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award celebrates the loyalty of seniors that honor a four-year commitment to their university. The Senior CLASS Award® recognizes these student-athletes for great achievement during competition and in their community while staying in school. Award winners are determined by a selection process that includes, NCAA Division I college coaches in each respective sport, national media, and fans. The voting process determines the winner in addition to a Senior CLASS All-America Team.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University. Northern Kentucky University will officially join the Atlantic Sun on July 1, 2012.
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