Akiyama Earns Second Academic All-District Honor

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University’s Hiroki Akiyama has been named to the 2008 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII men’s soccer first team.

Akiyama, a senior midfielder and native of Muroran, Japan, has posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.32 in kinesiology. He was one of 12 players selected for the University Division in District VIII, and thus moves on to the Academic All-America ballot.

In 2008, Akiyama is one of five Spartans to start every game thus far, doing so for the third year in a row. He has started each of the first 13 contests in the current campaign, and 50 straight in all. The former walk-on has appeared in 62 consecutive matches since his collegiate debut back in 2005. He is currently tied for first on the team with nine total points from three goals, one a game-winner, and three assists. For his career, the two-time second-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection has tallied eight goals, four of them game-winners, and six assists, for 22 total points.

This is the second year in a row that Akiyama has been recognized by CoSIDA, though this is now the ninth academic honor of his San Jose State career. He previously earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas College Scholar All-Far West Region honorable mention in 2006. Akiyama also is a three-time Academic All-MPSF honoree, with a fourth selection likely on the way in the coming weeks, and is a two-time San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete. Additionally, he was presented with an award at San Jose State’s annual Scholar-Athlete Celebration on November 1, 2007, for posting the fourth-highest cumulative GPA, 3.736, among all Spartan male student-athletes for the 2006-07 school year.

Akiyama was one of two MPSF representatives on this year’s Academic All-District VIII squad, with UNLV’s sophomore forward Daniel Cruz (Glendale, Ariz., 3.73, criminal justice) the other.

San Jose State is 5-5-3 overall and 1-4 in the MPSF. The Spartans are heading to Denver, Colo., today, to begin the second half of the 10-game conference slate at first-place Denver (7-5-1, 5-0) on Friday afternoon, October 31.