Cougar goalie Brad Watkins recognized for athletics, academics

 Senior, goalie Brad Watkins was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Credit: Larry Levanti

Goalie Brad Watkins, a senior, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Credit: Larry Levanti

By Sara Ridgway | Published Dec. 12, 2016

Brad Watkins earned College Sports Information Director (CoSida) Academic All-District 2 First-Team recognition for his performance both athletically and academically. He is the first Cougar in Kean University history to receive the award.

Earning the award that Watkins did not even know existed was a pleasant surprise, as he described being recognized for both athletics and academics can only be positive. But for the senior goalie who was injured mid-season Watkins only had one wish for the remainder of the season.

“Although I am proud to win this award, I would trade it back in a heartbeat in order to have the other half of my senior season back, since it was ended prematurely due to injury,” Watkins said. “I would have been more satisfied in being able to play alongside my brothers for an extra handful of games, respectively.”

Watkins is from Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. His major is communication studies and he has maintained a 3.38 grade point average.

Since earning this selection, as per the Kean University athletics website, Watkins now moves on to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot. Later next month, the first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected.

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