Maryville College's Ian Schomer was named to the prestigious Google Cloud Academic All-America Team, selected by CoSIDA, on Tuesday, as the senior Mathematics major earns the national honor for the second season in a row.
Schomer – a defender on the USA South Championship Men's Soccer team – was tabbed a First-Team selection today after being honored as a Third-Team member a year ago.
"It is one of the most difficult awards to win," Head Coach Pepe Fernandez said. "You have to be a good player, and you have to have the grades. You have to have other activities that you're involved in to make this award. In some ways, it's the most difficult individual award to win. I'll tell you what I told Ian. Most kids come to Maryville College, and you're hoping that Maryville has a big impact on them. You're hoping that the soccer program has a big impact on them. Hopefully, those things have happened, but I think Ian has probably had as big of an impact on Maryville College as we have on him."
The Knoxville, Tenn. native helped the Scots claim their third-consecutive regular season title this year. Maryville went on – with the help of its stellar defensive unit – to win the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament.
With that championship, the Orange and Garnet tallied their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance.
Schomer – a USA South All-Sportsmanship honoree – aided the Scots in that effort while balancing a rigorous MC schedule.
The Bearden High product juggles Maryville's soccer activities, while he's also involved in community service, the choir and being an MC ambassador with his dorm as a showroom.
All of this, while maintaining a 4.00 GPA in his Mathematics major.
"It's amazing the effect that he's had on this campus," Fernandez said. I think it really shows what a special person he is. One of the reasons he told me he was coming here was because he wanted to be able to do a lot things. He wanted to play college sports, and he wanted to have a good education – that was obvious. He wanted to be involved in a lot of things, and he's taken full advantage of that. Like I said, he's made Maryville College a better place."
Fernandez said he often uses Schomer as an example for others.
Balancing a student-athletes schedule – while being involved in as much as the senior is – can be done.
"It's unbelievable," Fernandez said. "I think when other kids tell me how busy they are or how tough it is to be a student-athlete, you point to a kid like Ian. Not only is he a student-athlete, but he does all these other things, as well. His time management skills are unbelievable. Really, all those things – all the awards he's gotten and all the things he's involved in – he's really just a fantastic person. That's really the most impressive thing about him."
In his four-year career, this Schomer has tallied one goal and one assist. However, his defensive presence has been the difference for the Scots.
In his career, the Scots have allowed just 0.91 goals per contest while tossing in 30 total shutouts across 79 matches.
Schomer has helped Maryville to a 62-13-4 record overall for a winning percentage of 0.810. MC has gon 35-5-5 in conference play over his stint.
This season, however, Schomer suffered an injury, missing time on the pitch. His head coach said the defender was tough to replace during his absence, making it even tough as Schomer is set to graduate.
"It was a tough time for him," Fernandez said. "He was battling that injury and doing everything he could. He was a starter, and it affected us. We had to retool our back line without him. It really hurt the team not having him out there – not only what he can bring as a soccer player, but what he also brought on the leadership and communication side of it. To get him back toward the end of the season and him able to play in the conference tournament and the NCAA Tournament, it made the team better."
Schomer was the only USA South men's soccer athlete on the prestigious Google Cloud Academic All-America Team selected by CoSIDA.
"It makes it very special. It shows you how difficult it is," Fernandez said. "We're a huge conference – one of the biggest conferences in the nation. There's a lot of good students and a lot of good soccer players. That he's representing us as the only representative out of the conference, it makes it very special."
He was also named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team for Division III's District 5. He and Piedmont College's Cooper Donnelly were the honorees from the USA South.