Brandywine women's soccer standout named academic All-American

Brianna Banks

Brianna Banks is the fourth academic all-American in Brandywine history

Credit: Penn State

Penn State Brandywine women's soccer standout Brianna Banks added yet another accolade to her ledger on Tuesday as she was named First Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA.

Banks was one of 10 members voted to the at-large team, which encompasses all non-NCAA and non-NAIA institutions in the United States and Canada, from a pool of more than 170 candidates. The fourth academic all-American in Brandywine history, Banks was the only student-athlete from a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) institution to earn the honor.

A December 2019 graduate from the University, Banks accumulated a 3.67 grade-point average, while earning her degree in human development and family studies.

In addition to being named academic all-American, Banks landed her second Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award, along with her third USCAA National Academic Team selection and fourth PSUAC All-Academic Team honor during the 2019-20 academic year. Banks was also named academic all-area by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Banks' athletic laurels included becoming Brandywine's first-ever USCAA National Player of the Year after completing her senior season with a USCAA-leading and single-season program record 40 goals and 84 total points. Just the second PSUAC student-athlete to earn four conference player of the year awards, Banks completed her four-year career with 119 goals, 24 assists and 262 points, all team records, and was a four-time USCAA First Team All-American.

Banks will begin pursuing a master's degree in social work at West Chester University this fall.