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Achterhof Becomes ODU's First Academic All-American Since 2006

December 06, 2018
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. – Iris Achterhof was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-American Division I Women’s Soccer Second Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), as announced Thursday afternoon. Achterhof is the first ODU student-athlete to earn the honor since Alex Loughton (men’s basketball) earned the honor in 2006. 

“I am thrilled for Iris,” said ODU head coach Angie Hind. “She has shown consistently over her four years here how dedicated a student-athlete she is. Every year she has been recognized as one of the top players in our conference and every year she has excelled just as highly in the classroom. That’s impressive when you can achieve that level of consistency. She is part of a graduating class that has established the culture we are so very proud of and strive to maintain as a women’s soccer program. I can speak on behalf of our coaching staff by saying we are very proud of all Iris has brought to ODU and how she has represented herself, our program and our University. A huge congratulations to her.” 

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Achterhof boasts a cumulative GPA of 3.99 as Business Analytics and Finance double major. She has made Dean’s List every term while in school and has also earned Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.0 or higher) and the Commissioner’s Medals (3.75 or higher) every year in school as well.

The senior from Groningen, Netherlands was named to the 2018 InTouch Credit Union C-USA Women’s All-Academic First Team. She also earned 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Three First Team honors, selected by CoSIDA, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

Achterhof was named to the All-Conference USA Third Team in 2016 and 2017 and was named the C-USA Freshman of the Year and garnered Second Team accolades in 2015. This season, she also garnered Second Team honors.

Achterhof finished second on team for points with 13. Her seven assists were also second on the team and ranked fifth in the C-USA. Those seven assists also ranked as the sixth most in school history for a single season. Her two assists against WKU were tied for the most in a single game among C-USA players this season. She scored a goal against LA Tech, Mt. St. Mary’s and UTSA. Achterhof had an assist against Richmond, Towson, Mt. St. Mary’s, UTEP and North Texas. ODU was 5-0-1 when Achterhof has at least one assist in a match.