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Ryan Griffin was a four-year standout for the Spartans on the field and in the classroom.
Ryan Griffin was a four-year standout for the Spartans on the field and in the classroom.

Ryan Griffin Named First-Team Academic All-American

TOWSON, Md. – University of Tampa men’s soccer standout Ryan Griffin has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A three-time all-region selection at midfield, Griffin is a government and world affairs major with a 3.80 G.P.A. The Spartans’ leading scorer as a senior, Griffin had 11 goals and three assists en route to first team all-Sunshine State Conference honors. As a junior, he scored seven goals with three assists and had five game-winning goals.

Griffin becomes the first player in UT men’s soccer history to be a first-team Academic All-American as Niklas Fredriksson (1993) and Jorgen Adolfsson (1991) are the lone player sin program history to achieve All-American status in the classroom. Both were honored as third-team Academic All-Americans.

He becomes the 26th Spartan to be named to the illustrious Academic All-American program, and the first since volleyball player Margeaux Sinibaldi in 2007. The Brandon, Fla., native is just the eighth player in Tampa history to be honored as a first-team selection.


The Capital One Division II Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2011-12 D-II Academic All-America teams program.

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