Feb. 18, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Kassey Kallman added to her hardware collection on Tuesday as she was named the ACC Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Kallman also garnered a spot on the ACC All-Academic team joining fellow teammates Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Megan Campbell, Kristin Grubka and Nickolette Driesse on this year’s team.
Kallman becomes the second Seminole all-time to be named the league’s top scholar-athlete and the second in the last three years as she joins Tori Huster, who won the award in 2011.
The Woodbury, Minn., native was also one of six student-athletes on this year’s list to be named to the ACC All-Academic Team in each of her four years.
Majoring in business management with a 3.81 GPA, Kallman made school history back in the fall becoming the program’s first two-time Academic All-American when CoSIDA named the senior defender a Capital One second team honoree for the second year in a row. She was also named a first team Scholar All-American by the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America).
Kallman is a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. She has been named to FSU’s President’s List twice and made Dean’s List honors on three separate occasions.
A three-time all-conference honoree, Kallman was named to the All-ACC first team for the second year in a row in 2013. She started all 28 games in leading Florida State to a berth in the national championship game for the second time in school history.
Kallman finished her Seminole career with 94 starts over four seasons tallying 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists. She was a fixture in the Seminole backline since 2010 helping Florida State to three straight College Cup appearances (2011, 2012 & 2013), two ACC titles (2011 & 2013) and a conference regular season championship in 2012.
The senior defender was part of the Seminole backline that finished the season ranked in the top 25 nationally in goals against average (11th – .551) and shutout percentage (23rd – 0.536). She guided FSU to 15 shutouts including five during the postseason when combining both ACC Tournament (2 games) and NCAA Tournament (3 games) matches. The Seminoles closed out the 2013 season allowing just 16 goals, the third fewest allowed in school history.
In 2013, Kallman was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, garnered Most Valuable Player honors at the ACC Tournament and earned a spot on the ACC All-Tournament team. She was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and a finalist for both the Honda Award and the Senior CLASS Award.
Brynjarsdottir, Campbell, Grubka and Driesse were all named to the All-Academic team for the first time in their careers. Brynjarsdottir was named to the All-ACC first team in 2013, while Campbell and Grubka were honored on the second team. Driesse earned a spot on the All-ACC Freshman Team following her first season at Florida State.
The five Seminoles represented on the 2013 ACC All-Academic team were the third most in the league behind only Virginia Tech (7) and Duke (6).