MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Friday morning that Spring Hill College men's soccer players Esteban Angel, Nick Link and Nick Smith were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Angel, a junior midfielder from Guayaquil, Ecuador, has scored four goals with three assists in 51 matches as a three-year starter for the Badgers. He is a two-year member of Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Academic team.
Link, a senior midfielder from Elizabethtown, Ky., won his second consecutive NAIA Scholar Athlete award in a season in which he started all 16 games for the Badgers. In his four-year career, he was a three-time member of the SSAC All-Academic team and scored six goals with one assist in 70 starts.
Smith, a junior midfielder for Huntsville, Ala., is a three-year starter for Spring Hill with four goals and three assists in 55 appearance. He is a two-time member of the SSAC All-Academic and Champions of Character teams.
Since the award was introduced in 1979, a total of 166 SHC student-athletes have received Scholar Athlete recognition from the NAIA.
This year a total of 355 men's soccer players were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.