UC San Diego’s Andisheh Bagheri is the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced Monday. The award is selected by officials of the conference’s 12 member institutions.
Bagheri, a 2009 Davis High graduate, was a senior central midfielder for the Tritons. He scored a team-best 10 goals and two assists (22 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 and Daktronics.
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 their first NCAA Championship berth since 2003, advancing to the CCAA and West Region finals.
Academically, Bagheri maintained a 3.57 GPA in earning his undergraduate degree in physiology and neuroscience 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 traveled internationally to Nicaragua to provide assistance through the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children. He also has served as a teaching assistant for several courses at UCSD.