Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards Bestowed to Katie Eckert, Kevin Parma

Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards Bestowed to Katie Eckert, Kevin Parma
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Men's soccer standout Kevin Parma (Peconic, N.Y./Southold High School) and women's basketball and softball captain Katie Eckert (Lee High School) are the Western New England University Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winners for the 2013-14 academic year. They were formally recognized at the Western New England Department of Athletics spring sports banquet held in Rivers Memorial Hall on Sunday, May 4.

Eckert, who was a four-year starter at third base and a three-year starter at guard, posted a career year in both softball and basketball. On the diamond, she batted .317, slugged .400 and had 22 runs batted in to tie for the team lead en route to second-team All-Commonwealth Coast Conference honors for the first time. In the fall, she became one of the first six Golden Bears ever to receive National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) Scholar All-America accolades. On the court, she pulled down 4.9 rebounds for second on the Golden Bears squad and averaged 6.8 points while shooting 72.1 percent from the free throw line.

Eckert is a multiple academic award honoree including President's and Dean's lists, Psi Chi International Honor Society (psychology), Academic All-Commonwealth Coast Conference (and a candidate in both sports this spring again) and Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society inductee. She majored in psychology.

Parma is the first Golden Bear in the program's storied 48-year history to be among a select group of collegiate student-athletes honored for their dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom, earning Scholar All-America from the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America and twice being named Capital One Academic All-America¬ģ Men's Soccer NCAA Division III First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Parma was a double major in accounting and finance.

The defender and two-time captain helped the Golden Bears finish last fall with a 16-5-3 record, a CCC tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Second Round. Parma was the driving force behind a WNE defense that allowed an average of just 0.88 goals per game and posted a CCC-best 12 shutouts. He also was tabbed NSCAA/Continental Tire All-New England South Region First Team, Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Division III First Team All-Star & ECAC regional Defensive Player of the Year, three-time All-CCC, New England Intercollegiate Soccer League All-Star Game invitee, and NSCAA College Division Men's Scholar All-East Region.