Walnut Creek, California - UC San Diego’s Andisheh Bagheri was named Monday as the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The award is voted on and selected by the faculty athletics representatives (FARs) from the conference’s 12 member institutions.
Bagheri, a native of Davis (Davis Senior HS), was a senior central midfielder in the Triton men’s soccer program this past fall. The graduate student produced a team-best 10 goals and two assists for 22 total points. Six of his goals were game-winners, tops in the CCAA. An All-CCAA First Team pick, Bagheri was later designated a second-team All-American by both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Daktronics.
With Bagheri expertly pulling the strings, UCSD had its best season at the Division II level. The Tritons finished 14-3-5 overall and 11-2-3 in the CCAA, achieving their most wins in two decades and their most-ever league victories. They made their first CCAA Championship appearance since 2005 and earned a first NCAA Championship berth since 2003, advancing to the CCAA and West Region finals.
Academically, Bagheri maintained a 3.57 cumulative grade-point average in attaining his undergraduate degree in physiology and neuroscience in June of 2013 as a student at Marshall College, and hopes to complete his graduate degree in UCSD’s Division of Biological Sciences this summer. Bagheri plans to eventually attend medical school. He garnered Capital One Academic All-America® recognition for the first time this year, and also received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
In the community, Bagheri has helped locally at the Scripps Green Hospital, and travelled internationally to Nicaragua to provide assistance through the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children. He has also served as a teaching assistant for several courses at UCSD.
Bagheri is the seventh Triton male to earn CCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year distinction, joining fellow soccer players Kris Chiles (2003), Matt Davey (2006) and former teammate David Bakal (2011), James Nielsen (2001) and Neil Kalra (2004) from the cross country and track and field programs, and most recently, baseball pitcher Elias Tuma in 2012. UCSD has the most honorees since the first award was given in 1990. Cal State Bakersfield, no longer a CCAA member, is closest with three.
To be nominated for CCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year by his or her institution, a student-athlete must have a grade-point average of at least a 3.5, and have completed their final season of college eligibility in a CCAA-sponsored sport.
Chico State track and field standout Kasey Barnett was tabbed the CCAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.