Rio's Hewison among those honored as NAIA Scholar Athlete
Orange Beach, Ala. --- The first of the national post-season awards have been announced for the University of Rio Grande RedStorm men's soccer team with the release of the Daktronics-NAIA Men's Soccer Scholar-Athletes list. Among the 284 student-athletes honored was Rio Grande senior midfielder Nick Hewison.
Hewison, a native of Accrington, England, is a two-time winner of this honor as well as twice being named Academic All-Mid-South Conference. Hewison was also Rio's Champions of Character honoree this past season, which was announced prior to the opening round game of this year's NAIA Men's Soccer National Championships.
Rio Grande head coach Scott Morrissey is extremely proud of Hewison and talked about what he has meant to the program. "Obviously if every player on your team had the academic presence of Nick Hewison you would never have any issues," he said. "He's been an outstanding addition to our program for the four years that he's been here, very proud to have him in our program."
"I know this year he had a little bit of a setback with an injury, but he's a terrific young man, outstanding individual, both on and off the playing field," Morrissey added. "I'm certainly very proud of all that he's accomplished in the classroom because he's just a model student and he's a great person, our Champions of Character representative for the last two years and he will be sorely missed by the program for sure."
Hewison is majoring in Physical Education.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
Rio Grande finished the season with a 22-1 record, ranked No.1 in the final NAIA Top 25 rating, captured both the regular season and tournament championships in the Mid-South Conference and earned a 10th consecutive berth to the NAIA National Tournament.