Hiroki Akiyama Named To MPSF All-Academic Team

Woodland, Calif. - San Jose State University’s Hiroki Akiyama has been named to the 2006 Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer team, MPSF executive director Al Beaird announced Friday, January 12.

Akiyama, a sophomore midfielder and native of Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan, has posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.609 in kinesiology. In 2006, he was one of just three Spartans to start all 18 games, finishing in a tie for the team lead in total points with eight, from three goals and two assists. Two of his goals were game-winners, at home against Saint Mary’s and at UNLV. Akiyama led the Spartans in shots with 40 and in shots on goal with 15.

A total of 28 scholar-athletes were nominated for the award by the six MPSF institutions on the basis of criteria that included a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, being at least a sophomore in academic standing, completion of one full academic year at his institution and participation in fifty percent or more of the institution’s competition.

Akiyama is now a two-time Academic All-MPSF honoree. This is the fourth academic honor of his San Jose State career in all. He was also recently named a 2005-06 San Jose State University “Scholar-Athlete,” and earned 2006 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas College Scholar All-Far West Region honorable mention.