MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Men's Soccer senior defender Kevin Hoof (Maple Grove, Minnesota) was named NCAA Division II Second Team Scholar All-America by the United Soccer Coaches. Hoof was also named to the USC NCAA Division II Men's Scholar All-North/Central Region Team for the second-consecutive season earlier this week.
To be eligible for selection, the student athlete must be nominated by his head coach, have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his career, start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by playing honors or contributions to the success of his team, plays for a current United Soccer Coaches College Services member institution, be a junior or above in athletic standing at the current institution, and be in his or her second year at the current institution if a transfer student.
Hoof earned a spot on the USC Scholar All-Region Team with a 3.44 GPA in Neuroscience. In 2018, Hoof helped NMU hold their opponents to just 1.05 goals per game while also adding a goal and an assist on the offensive end en route to first team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors. Hoof helped the Wildcats to six shutouts this season including five-consecutive to end the month of September.
For the second straight season, the Wildcats ended their campaign having set a number of records and reached program firsts. For the first time in the three-year history of the NMU Men's Soccer program, the Wildcats finished with a .500 overall record and matched last season's win total.