As captain and second leading scorer of the Metro State men’s soccer team, Marc Hershberger has earned plenty of honors, but the time he dedicates to his studies has put him in a class of his own.
On Oct. 7, MSU soccer forward, Marc Hershberger was honored as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Academic Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
In 16 years of RMAC soccer — Colorado School of Mines and Regis included — no player has won the award twice according to the Metro State athletics.
“Marc is very deserving of the RMAC Academic Player of the Year Award,” athletic director, Joan McDermott said. “He is a role model for all of our athletes with being able to balance his academics, athletics and other responsibilities so successfully.”
Hershberger embodies what it means to be Roadrunner. In addition to his athletic endeavors, he is a double major in business marketing and business management, maintains a part time job and has his own apartment downtown.
“I really can’t say that I do anything different than anyone else at this campus,” Hershberger said. Athletics is a lot like having a job during school so it’s just keeping everything in front of you; don’t procrastinate. There is not a lot of difference between me and the other classmates”.
Before the two-time award winner was acknowledged as one of the best of Metro athletes, he was consistently recognized as one of the best students. Herschberger has been an Academic All-District the last two years and on the Academic Honor Roll six times since attending MSU. To make the Academic Honor Roll a player has to have a minimal grade point average of 3.30
Head coach Ken Parson’s had one criticism of the unanimous pre-season All-American selection — Herschberger leads by example instead of naturally.
“He is just a very intrinsically motivated person” men’s soccer head coach, Ken Parsons said. “You really don’t have to remind Herschberger, you don’t have to ask him to work hard. He epitomizes what we look for from players here at Metro State; we always want players who are good students, good players, good citizens and Marc certainly is a model for that.
In Division II sports, academic achievement has to be a focal point for both the athletes and the institutions. After all, only a small percentage of Division II athletes are going to make a living off their athletic prowess. Metro State Athletics may have found the poster-child in Herschberger to drive that point home.