ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville junior defender Bobby Castro is one of 11 student-athletes named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 Men's Soccer Division I team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


Castro has served as the Bulldogs co-captain this year and has been a starter in all 16 of Asheville's matches in 2012. He has played every minute of every match this year. Castro has also played up front and in midfield this season.


The Cary, N.C. native is majoring in health and wellness and has a 3.85 GPA. He has been on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll for two straight years and four times has been selected to the Athletic Director's 3.0 & Above Club.


Castro is the first men's soccer player to earn All-District honors since Mike Roach in 2001 was named to the team. Roach was later selected as a first team Academic All-American.


Four Big South Conference players earned academic all-district notice this fall.  Shawn Sloan of High Point and Ben Iiames of Campbell joined Castro on the District 3 squad.  Alex Isern of Winthrop was named to the District 4 team.


"We're really proud of Bobby for this accomplishment," stated Bulldog coach Matt Kern. "He's been a real leader for us this season, and I am so glad he got recognized for his work in the classroom."  


CoSIDA's 1800 members in the United States and Canada nominate players for Capital One Academic All-America® recognition.  To be eligible, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average, and be a starter or key reserve on his or her team.


CoSIDA members vote on the all-district teams; then a national panel selects the Academic All-America squads from all first-team all-district choices.  District 3 includes all NCAA Division I schools in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.