ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud State redshirt senior defenseman Clark Kuster was selected to the 2019-20 CoSIDA Academic All-District Men’s At-Large Team for his work on the ice and in the classroom, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. Kuster is the only National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) student-athlete to earn Academic All-District accolades this season and one of only 10 Division I men’s ice hockey players to receive it nationally.
Kuster (St. Louis, Mo.) completed his undergraduate degree in psychology from St. Cloud State University in May of 2019 with a 3.7 grade-point average. This past year he began working towards his master’s degree at SCSU in educational administration and carries a 4.0 GPA. Kuster is a five-time NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete and five-time member of the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team.
Kuster served as an assistant captain for the Huskies this past season, appearing in 27 games, while tallying four points, including his first collegiate goal. He also added three assists in 2019-20. For his career, Kuster suited up in 40 games for SCSU and compiled five points, while winning a pair of Penrose Cups as NCHC regular-season champion.
The Division I Academic All-District Teams are voted on by members of CoSIDA and divided into eight geographic districts across the country. Kuster is one of 11 members of the NCAA Division I District 6 Men’s At-Large Team, which includes schools in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The Academic All-District At-Large Teams honor student-athletes in the sports of women’s beach volleyball, women’s bowling, women’s crew/rowing, men’s and women’s fencing, women’s field hockey, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rifle, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s water polo, and men’s wrestling.
Kuster is now eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot, which will be voted on in the coming weeks. The Academic All-America Division I Men’s At-Large Teams will then be announced on Friday, June 19. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution.
Kuster is the ninth NCHC student-athlete to receive Academic All-District accolades in the conference’s seven-year history. Current Denver senior defenseman Erich Fear garnered the honor last season.