INDIANAPOLIS- UMBC's Liam Paddock, a 2012 Capital One First Team Academic All-American in the sport of men's soccer, has been awarded an NCAA 2012-13 fall sports postgraduate scholarship.
The native of Worcestershire, England earned his undergraduate degree with a double major of psychology/sociology in 3 ½ years, completing his programs in December of 2012. He recently returned from England and will pursue his master's degree in the management of aging studies from UMBC's Erickson School.
Paddock becomes the second Retriever to earn the prestigious award. Tennis standout Lana Khavalina earned the award in 2004 and pursued a law degree from the College of William & Mary.
The awards were announced earlier this month and 29 male and 29 female fall sports student-athletes each received $7,500. Similar awards are given each season to winter and spring student-athletes, totaling 174 individual winners.
Paddock is one of two NCAA Division I men's soccer players to be honored.
To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution's faculty athletics representative.
Paddock graduated with 3.92 G.P.A. and was the 2012 ECAC Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A team captain at UMBC, he was named 2012 America East Defender of the Year and was a repeat selection to the America East all-conference first team. UMBC reached the NCAA Championship in 2010 and 2012 with Paddock as a fixture at center back in the lineup. He started all 72 games that he dressed for in his four-year tenure in Baltimore.
Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes.