San Jose State University’s Hiroki Akiyama has been named to the 2007 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII men’s soccer team.
Akiyama, a junior midfielder and native of Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan, has posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.73 in kinesiology. He was one of 11 players selected for the University Division in District VIII, and thus moved on to the Academic All-America ballot.
In 2007, Akiyama was one of just three Spartans to start every game for the second year in a row, earning a spot in the lineup in all 19 contests. His only goal of the season was the 81st-minute game-winner in a 3-1 conference victory at Air Force on October 19. He played the most minutes out of any member of the squad, and finished with 12 shots on the year, with four of them on goal. San Jose State finished the 2007 campaign at 10-9 overall and an even 5-5 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
This is the first time that Akiyama has been recognized by CoSIDA, though this is now the seventh 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 a year ago. Akiyama also is a two-time Academic All-MPSF honoree, with a third 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 back on November 1, for posting the fourth highest cumulative GPA, 3.736, among all Spartan male student-athletes for the 2006-07 school year.