Callum Irving Repeats as NSCAA Scholar All-America

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Callum Irving – widely considered the top goalkeeper in the country – was honored for his accomplishments in the classroom as well as on the pitch by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Thursday. He repeated as a First Team Scholar All American.

Irving actually improved his cumulative GPA to a 3.9 in history, this year.

He is the first-ever UK men’s soccer player to earn Scholar All-America honors in multiple years. Upon being named First Team All-America for his on-pitch performance, last week, he became UK’s first-ever two-time NSCAA All-American, as he earned third team honors last year.

To be named to a Scholar All-America Team, players were required to have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout their career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team.

Irving led Kentucky to an undefeated run through the 2015 conference season, earning Kentucky’s first-ever Conference USA Championship. And perhaps more impressively, he did so while conceding just one goal in eight league matches.

He finished his UK career with the program’s all-time records in shutouts (27) and goals-against average (minimum 2,500 minutes – 0.86).

“I love this place,” Irving said of his UK career. “I came in as a freshman and it didn't quite go exactly as I had planned. Everyone comes in with a thought of how they want it to go, and it went the exact opposite of that. The coaching staff had a lot of faith in me still, as well as my teammates.

“I kind of found my place here and found my home. Over the past three years, I can see where we built it from and see that I had an impact on it. I just feel really lucky to be here the past four years. I have enjoyed my time, and I think I will be following UK men’s soccer forever. It is my family now.”

For the second time in as many seasons, Irving garnered three C-USA men's soccer specialty awards as he was voted the Conference USA Player of the Year, the Conference USA Defensive MVP and a First-Team All-C-USA selection -- all accolades he was bestowed a year ago. He also repeated as recipient of the Golden Glove Award, given to the goalkeeper who posts the most shutouts in C-USA play. Irving posted a 0.66 goals-against average (11th, NCAA) in 19 matches in 2015, totaling nine shutouts. Seven of the clean sheets came against C-USA opponents as he notched a 0.12 goals-against average, allowing just one goal in eight conference matches (773:45 minutes). Irving was named All-America by the NSCAA last season.

All-Americans and their accomplishments will be celebrated and recognized at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon held during the 2016 NSCAA Convention in Baltimore on Saturday, Jan. 16, starting at noon. Luncheon registration for players, coaches, and their families is open and available at