Ruple Earns First-Team CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America Honors

Sophomore two-time All-OAC and Academic All-OAC forward Danny Ruple
Sophomore two-time All-OAC and Academic All-OAC forward Danny Ruple

Complete CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America Team (.pdf)

AUSTIN, Texas – Baldwin Wallace University sophomore two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Danny Ruple (Berea/ Berea-Midpark) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Team for the first time in his career.

Ruple was named to the first team and is the sixth Yellow Jacket men's soccer student-athlete to be named an Academic All-American and the first since Pat Brennan '12 earned CAPITAL ONE Academic All-American honors in 2011. Ruple is one of two OAC student-athletes to be named to this year's team.

An accounting major, Ruple carries a 3.88 cumulative grade point average and is a Dean's List student. This season, he additionally earned first-team All-OAC honors, was selected as the OAC Forward of the Year, received first-team USC (United Soccer Coaches) All-Great Lakes Region accolades and was a recent Academic All-OAC selection.

This season, Ruple had the most prolific scoring season in school history. He led the Yellow Jackets and the OAC in goals, points and shots, setting two school records in the process. His 19 goals and 45 points broke two separate single-season records set by Carlin Vandendriessche in 2011. Ruple was named OAC Player of the Week following his first career hat trick against Bluffton University on Sept. 16.

After just two seasons, Ruple has appeared in 38 games, including 37 starts, taken 132 shots, scored 27 goals and added 13 assists for 67 points. 

BW's 109 all-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selections is more than any Division III college or university in Ohio and ranks 12th nationally in Division III.

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