Goshen College rakes in a record 27 NAIA All American Scholar-Athlete Awards

GOSHEN, Ind. – With National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournaments wrapping up across the country, the Goshen College Athletic Department continues to get rewarded for its outstanding fall season on and off the court, field and course. A Maple Leaf program record 27 student-athletes were recognized as NAIA-Daktronics All American Student-Athletes this week as part of national championship play.

Goshen College’s 27 recipients – in men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, and volleyball – were the highest total in the five sports among the nearly 300 NAIA institutions across the United States and Canada.

Recipients of the award must be a junior or above in academic standing, have been in attendance at the nominating institution a minimum of one full year and have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

“We are extremely proud of our student-athletes and coaches for this accomplishment,” said Goshen College Athletic Director Tim Demant. “As an institution that values academic excellence as well as athletic excellence, having 27 scholar-athletes this fall is a testament to the quality of student-athletes we have and the effort they put into their studies. They are a shining example of all that is right in collegiate athletics.”

Goshen also participates in men’s and women’s tennis and men’s golf in the fall, but those sports are recognized by the NAIA as spring sports. The scholar-athlete awards for those sports will be announced at the conclusion of the respective sport national championship in the spring.

During the 2007-08 school year a total of 24 Goshen College student-athletes received the national scholar-athlete award, bringing the school’s total to 283 in the 13-year history of the award.

The Goshen College Fall 2008 Daktronics-NAIA All American Scholar-Athletes:

Ben Bouwman (Jr., Woodridge, Ill.), men’s cross country
Nick Bouwman (Jr., Woodridge, Ill.), men’s cross country
Maria Byler (Jr., Goshen), women’s cross country
Alex Caskey (Jr., Goshen), men’s soccer
Jon Casselberry-Scott (Sr., Marcellus, Mich.), men’s soccer
Amy Clem (Sr., Logansport, Ind.), women’s soccer
Nick Good (Jr., Lititz, Pa.), men’s soccer
Alison Gotwals (Jr., Telford, Pa.), women’s soccer
Laura Harnish (Sr., Flanagan, Ill.), women’s cross country
Allison Hawkins (Jr., Middlebury, Ind.), volleyball
Brittany Herschberger (Jr., Goshen), volleyball
Mark Hershberger (Jr., Harrisonburg, Va.), men’s soccer
Tessa Horst (Sr., Dalton, Ohio), women’s cross country
Jesse Heyerly (Jr., Hubbard, Ore.), men’s soccer
Andrew Landis (Sr., Goshen), men’s soccer
Ben Martin (Sr., Goshen), men’s soccer
Mark Miller (Sr., Kalona, Iowa), men’s cross country
Renee Miller (Jr., Cedar Falls, Iowa), women’s cross country
Elizabeth Nafziger (Jr., Goshen), women’s soccer
Tina Peters (Jr., Yellow Springs, Ohio), women’s cross country
Gina Richard (Jr., Goshen), volleyball
David Rumsey (Sr., Iowa City, Iowa), men’s cross country
Laura Schlabach (Jr., Goshen), women’s soccer
Katie Sowers (Sr., Hesston, Kan.), women’s soccer
Kyle Stiffney (Jr., Goshen), men’s soccer
Laura Stoesz (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.), women’s cross country
Luke Woodworth (Jr., Middlebury, Ind.), men’s soccer

– By Josh Gleason, Goshen College Sports Information Director

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College Sports Information Director Josh Gleason at (574) 535-7497 or joshag@goshen.edu.


Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S. News & World Report‘s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit www.goshen.edu.