Kenton Keeslar, a senior soccer player at Slipper Rock University, was selected to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Team for the second consecutive season, the school announced earlier this month.
The College Sports Information Directors of America presented the award and a Google Cloud Academic All-America selection is widely considered one of the most highly regarded honors a student-athlete can earn because it requires extraordinary performances in academics and athletics.
Keeslar, a first-team selection, is in rare company as the second SRU men’s soccer athlete to be a two-time honoree. He joins Mike Halabar, who was a three-time selection in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and it’s only the seventh time a Slippery Rock men’s soccer player has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team.
To be selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically, own a cumulative grade point average above 3.30, have significant athletic credentials and be a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
Keeslar is an exercise science major and one of just two honorees this season from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
During his Slippery Rock career, he has started 65 games as a defender and played in 68 contests total with four career goals, including one game-winning tally.
This season, he started all 18 games in which he played and was a key component on a Slippery Rock defense that was tied for fourth in the conference in shutouts with five.
Keeslar finishes his college career as a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and All-District selection and was also a United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Scholar, a Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award recipient and a three-time PSAC Scholar Athlete.