DALLAS, Texas – The day after leading Conference USA in awards on the pitch, the University of New Mexico men’s soccer program took home a pair of Academic All-Conference USA awards. Defenders Kyle Venter and Nick Miele were two of the eleven selections to the academic all-conference team. New Mexico was one of four programs to have two student-athletes on the conference’s academic team.
The award is Venter’s third-straight academic all-conference nod. Earlier this month, he was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. Venter was a 2012 NSCAA Scholar All-American as well as a 2011 and 2012 All-American on the field. He also finished the regular season with 7,449 minutes played in his career. Venter is now third all-time in New Mexico history in career minutes played. He trails only Andrew Weber (7,681 minutes) and current UNM assistant coach Brandon Moss (7,507 minutes).
The award marks the second-straight season Nick Miele has earned academic all-conference honors. Miele has appeared in 13 matches this season for the Lobos in the backline, which is a career high.
Miele and Venter’s inclusion on the Academic All-Conference USA Team marks the 85th and 86th time a Lobo has received academic all-conference honors during the Jeremy Fishbein era (2002 – present). The program has fielded 18 academic All-Americans during that same time.
The Lobos, who clinched the Conference USA regular season title on Saturday, have earned a first-round bye in the Conference USA Tournament. The 2013 regular season conference championship is the program’s eighth season title since 2002. Coach Fishbein and the Lobos will face the winner of Tulsa and South Carolina who are the fourth and fifth seeded teams in the tournament. The Lobos will take on either the Golden Hurricane or the Gamecocks on Friday, November 15 at 3 p.m. (MST) on the campus of the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.