Rose-Hulman's Kirby Named First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American

Rose-Hulman's Kirby Named First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior Eric Kirby has been selected as a first-team CoSIDA NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Academic All-American, in results released Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Kirby earned the 140th Academic All-American honor in Rose-Hulman, a mark which ranks in the NCAA Division III all-time top 10.  The 9th Academic All-American in program history, Kirby joins Matt Trowbridge (2007) as the only first-team Academic All-America selections in the history of Rose-Hulman men's soccer.

Kirby was one of four defenders chosen a CoSIDA NCAA Division III first-team Academic All-American in 2019.  More than 425 institutions offer NCAA Division III men's soccer, with Kirby chosen as one of the top four defenders out of more than 4,000 nationwide in terms of combined academic and athletic excellence in 2019.

On the field, Kirby ranked in the NCAA Division III top 10 with 14 assists this season and led the team with 24 points.  He was also a first-team all-HCAC selection this season.  Kirby was part of a defensive unit that led NCAA Division III with 12 shutouts during the 2019 regular season.

In the classroom, the computer engineering major entered the 2019 men's soccer season with a 4.00 grade point average.  He has been named a Heminway Scholar for academic achievement, and is part of the Dean's List, Academic All-HCAC team, Triangle fraternity, Tau Beta Pi honorary fraternity, Eta Kappa Nu honor fraternity, and Blue Key Honor Society member.

Rose-Hulman finished 16-3-1 and earned a share of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title under the leadership of head coach Sean Helliwell.  The Fightin' Engineers reached the HCAC Championship Game for the sixth time in the last seven years and improved their overall regular season conference record in the Helliwell era to 86-9-11.