Jamie Achten, who led Lee University's women's soccer team to four consecutive NAIA national championships, has been named as the 2011-12 Capital One College Division Academic All-America of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The College Division Academic All-America teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. Since this is the first year that CoSIDA and Capital One have named College Division Academic All-America teams, Achten is the first scholar-athlete to earn the Capital One College Division Academic All-America of the Year award.
"I'm very appreciative of this award," said Achten, who had her jersey retired by Lee University. "I know there are numerous, talented scholar athletes that could have just as easily received this honor. Credit goes to my team and coach who would not accept less than my best, day-in and day-out."
This is the final chapter in a brilliant four-year career for Achten. Earlier she was named the CoSIDA Female Athletic of the Year and was also selected as the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame as the Female Athlete of the Year.
"This recognition is a wonderful capstone to Jamie's career," said Matt Yelton, women's soccer coach at Lee University. "She is a very special individual and the quality of who she is extends into every area of her life. She is someone who exudes excellence in all that she does."
A communications and marketing major with a 3.97 grade-point average, Achten helped the Lady Flames post a four-year record of 90-7-3. When Lee University beat Concordia (Ore.) in the NAIA championship game, it marked the Lady Flames' fourth-straight national championship and their 15th-straight NAIA tournament victory. Lee University is the first school ever to win four-straight NAIA championships.
A senior from Franklin, Tenn., Achten was named as the NAIA Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011. A four-time NAIA All-American first team selection, she scored 22 goals with 25 assists as a senior. The NAIA leader in assists in 2011, she finished her career with 83 goals and 91 assists. Her 91 career assists set an NAIA career record.
A four-time All-Southern States Athletic Conference selection, she was named as the SSAC Player of the Year twice. During her career, she led the Lady Flames to four consecutive SSAC championships. Achten also earned the Dr. Paul Conn Award, representing the top female student athlete at Lee University.
"This is a fitting award for a special young lady," said Larry Carpenter, Lee's athletics director. "Jamie's humility is one of her greatest assets and for her to be recognized like this is awesome. We may never have another student athlete like her."