AUSTIN, TEXAS – Columbus State's Riley Clark and Young Harris' Gabby Coumes were named Academic All-Americans on Wednesday. Both players were selected to the third team. The two become the 24th and 25th Academic All-Americans in PBC women's soccer history and give the conference multiple honorees for the third year in a row.
The award is presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and widely regarded as the highest honor a student-athlete can receive.
Clark was a third team selection and becomes the seventh Lady Cougars to earn the distinction.
The sophomore from Peachtree City, Ga., had a breakout season in her second year with the Lady Cougars. Clark was Columbus State's second-leading scorer with 16 goals and 36 points. She finished with five multi-goal matches, including her first career hat trick against Georgia Southwestern.
Clark drew All-Peach Belt Conference and All-Southeast Region honors for her performance on the field.
In the classroom, Clark holds a 3.90 grade point average and is pursuing her degree in nursing.
Coumes is the 19th Mountain Lion since 2011 to be named to a CoSIDA Academic All-America® team and is the first women's soccer player to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® team.
Coumes, a 5-foot-7 senior defender from Loganville, Georgia, played in 625 minutes over 11 matches, including six starts for the Mountain Lions in 2017. Coumes received the Peach Belt Conference's Elite 15 Award in 2017. The PBC Elite 15 award is modeled on the NCAA's Elite 90 and honors the student-athletes competing in the championship event with the highest cumulative GPA. Coumes has a 4.00 cumulative grade point average as a biology major.
She was also the first YHC women's soccer student-athlete and the eighth overall in the history to receive the honor, joining Raul Quevedo (men's tennis, 2017), Jeanie Perrucci (softball, 2016), Tim Mohlin Torringer (men's soccer, 2015), Sydnee Weaver (softball, 2015), Ilija Ilic (men's soccer, 2013), Nicole Smith (women's cross country, 2013) and Wezley Barnard (men's soccer, 2012).