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UHV Men's Soccer Moves Up In NAIA Poll

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Winning is helping UHV men's soccer in the national poll.

For the second straight week, the University of Houston-Victoria men's soccer team received votes in the weekly NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 poll.

The Jaguars received eight points in this week's poll and were the lone Red River Athletic Conference team listed in the poll.

UHV is currently 8-1-1 on the season and 7-0-1 in conference and are set to host Texas A&M-Texarkana in a 2 p.m. match at the Round Rock Multisports Complex in Round Rock.

For the seventh straight week, William Carey (Miss.), with nine first-place votes, holds down the No. 1 spot with 490 points. Oklahoma Wesleyan follows on the heels of WCU with 489 points after receiving eight first-place votes.

Rio Grande (Ohio) holds down the No. 3 spot, followed by Hastings (Neb.) at No. 4 and Central Methodist (Mo.) at No. 5.

The Jaguars hold the top spot in the RRAC rankings, followed by LSU-Shreveport, LSU-Alexandria, Our Lady of the Lake and Southwest (N.M.).

Former University of Houston-Victoria men's soccer player Brian Foulger has been named the 2018 Red River Athletic Conference recipient of the 2018 NAIA Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award.

The award honors outstanding student-athletes for their academics, athletics, leadership and dedication to living the core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program.

As a conference winner, his nomination advanced to the NAIA national award level, where the overall winner was announced in September. Libby Dahlberg, a volleyball player at Westmont College, was recognized as the national award winner.

"The NAIA is proud to have you as one of our finest representatives," said NAIA Vice President of Business and Product Development Leigh Schenck, in a letter announcing the award. "Your accomplishments in the classroom, in competition and in the community speak for themselves. Furthermore, to read of your positive examples you set is refreshing and exciting. I commend you on your efforts in every aspect of your life."

During his four seasons with the Jaguars, his teams compiled a 44-18-6 overall record and made four appearances in conference tournaments, winning the RRAC title in 2018 and advancing to UHV's first trip to the NAIA National Championships in men's soccer.

He was very involved off the field as well, serving his team and the Victoria community in numerous service projects. One of his biggest projects was working as a volunteer during the 2017 Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Houston and Victoria.

A native of Leighton Buzzard, England, he and his teammates were forced to evacuate Victoria prior to the storm making landfall on the Texas Coast line just south of Victoria. While in Houston, he and his teammate immediately jumped in to volunteer to help at the Woodlands Community Disaster Relief Distribution Center to assist the flood victims in the Houston area.

Once he and his teammates were able to return to Victoria, he continued his efforts as a volunteer with Samaritan's Purse to help in the recovery efforts locally. The efforts led to the team being awarded the NAIA Buffalo Funds Five-Star Champions of Character Team award for 2018.

He also volunteered his service in raising funds for the Movember Movement, helping organize several blood drives and was a volunteer at Twins Pines Nursing Home and Rehab Center. He also served as a volunteer coach for the VYSO program and the YMCA soccer clinics.

He served as vice-president of the International Student Organization at UHV from 2014-2018 and received the "outstanding international undergraduate student" award for the academics year 2017-2018.

"His service to the community speaks volumes as to what type of person he is and how deserving he is of the award," said UHV Athletics Director Ashley Walyuchow.

Academically, he served as a testing assistant at UHV proctoring tests for adults entering the education system and was a Supplemental Instructor (S.I.) helping students outside the classroom to study for the contents in the class twice a week for the semester. Those sessions ranged from 10-90 students at a time.

He graduated with honors majoring in business management and obtaining a 3.5 GPA. He was named to the UHV President's List twice and earned recognition on the UHV Dean's List four times during his four years at UHV.

He is the first UHV student-athlete to receive the award.

"Brian's leadership was instrumental on and off the field during his time at UHV," said UHV soccer coach Adrian Rigby. "The award exemplifies all the qualities a student-athlete should have in an effort to display the five core values of the Champions of Character program. We are extremely proud of Brian for receiving this award."

The Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award for student-athletes is one of the most prestigious awards in the NAIA and was created in association with the National Sports Foundation, a group of sports organizations that promote and recognize sportsmanship. Dr. Walker was a former president of the NAIA and president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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