Alers Earns Third Academic All-America Honor

Nick Alers  (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)
Nick Alers (photo by Alexandra Schmeling)

Named To Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's Soccer First Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the third straight year, Nick Alers has been honored for his work both on the field and in the classroom. Alers, a first team All-Ivy defender, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I men's soccer first team. It is the second straight year he earned first team recognition after being selected to the third team in 2011.

"Nick has had the talent, drive and discipline to distinguish himself on the soccer field and in the classroom throughout his time at Yale, and I am delighted for him to be recognized again for his efforts," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "He truly embodies the term student-athlete in everything he does."

On the field this season, Alers played every minute of every game and was a standout on Yale's back line. The first team All-Ivy selection this fall was the second of his career. He also was named in 2011 and earned honorable mention recognition in his freshman and junior seasons. In addition, he was named to the NSCAA All-Northeast Region third team as a sophomore. In his outstanding career, he started 59 games for the Bulldogs.

Alers, who in August was selected as a candidate for the Senior Class Award, has been active in the New Haven community as well. He served as a tutor at Saint Martin de Porres Academy in the summer of 2012, mentoring and tutoring fifth grade students during an afterschool program for underprivileged youth. He also has taken an active role in the men's soccer team's outreach program, which directs soccer training sessions for underprivileged area children.

In the classroom, Alers earned Academic All-Ivy recognition last fall. He also co-authored "Putin and USAID: The Makings of a Grip Too Tight on Power," which appeared in the Yale Review of International Studies in the fall of 2012. Alers has a 3.98 grade point average as an economics major at Yale.

Alers becomes only the second Yale athlete to earn two first team Academic All-America awards, joining cross country/track athlete Lindsay Donaldson, who was honored in 2007 and 2008.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity