Alers Named First Team Academic All-America

Nick Alers (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity) Buy Now
Nick Alers (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Has Shined On Field, In Classroom For Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Nick Alers has earned a very prestigious honor for his work both on the field and in the classroom. Alers was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's Soccer team.

Alers, an economics and political science major with a 3.98 G.P.A., has started all 42 games in which he has appeared in his three seasons at Yale. In 2012, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after battling through injuries to help anchor the Bulldogs' defense.

A native of San Juan, Costa Rica, he was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Northeast Region third team selection last year. In 2011, he was also named first team All-Ivy and was the recipient of the Walter J. McNerney Award as the team's most valuable player.

In addition, Alers earned Academic All-America® third team recognition in 2011.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings 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 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity