The Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), a Chicago-based national recruiting service, has named St. Thomas its Division III College of the Month. It's the Tommies' second such award in the last four months.
The NCSA's College of the Month lists recognize outstanding college athletic programs at each division level that have successfully used NCSA's platform to draw interest from potential recruits.
Other institutions to receive the NCSA award for August were Miami (D-I), Christian Brothers (D-II), Culver-Stockton (NAIA) and Community Christian (juco).
Since the monthly awards was first presented in 2019, other institutions honored include Division III's Amherst, the University of Chicago, Occidental and Ramapo, and Division I's Duke, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Baylor, Vanderbilt and Florida State.
St. Thomas' Future
St. Thomas is set to join four new conference and start a transition to NCAA Division I starting in summer 2021. Nineteen of 22 Tommie sports will compete in the Summit League; Football will compete in the Pioneer Football League; Men's Hockey will play in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association; and Women's Hockey will play in the Western Collegiate Hockey League.
Football is among the busy platforms on NCSA. Tommie coach Glenn Caruso calls recruiting the lifeblood of his program. He said his staff engages closely with more than 1,000 prospects in each recruiting class and looks to provide "the best, most comprehensive experience, not only for those student-athletes who commit to our university, but to everyone we are recruiting." He said outside partners like NCSA help his staff connect with accomplished individuals from across the nation.
"Populating our team culture with the right types of players and individuals is crucial to our sustained success," Caruso said. "NCSA has been a long-time industry leader in college recruiting, especially in our sport, so this recognition comes with enormous pride and appreciation."
During the 2010-2019 decade, St. Thomas finished in the top one percent of all 660-plus NCAA football programs in winning percentage at .871 (108-16). Mount Union, Mary Hardin-Baylor, North Dakota State, UW-Whitewater, Alabama and St. Thomas posted the decade's top six winning percentages across all four NCAA levels.
The Tommies' success includes a 17-7 record in NCAA playoff games and a 91-9 regular-season mark. The Purple made NCAA championship game appearances in 2012 and 2015, and won or shared seven of the 10 conference championships. They join Mount Union and Mary Hardin-Baylor as the lone programs to finish in the top 25 of the D3Football.com final poll in each of the last 11 seasons.
Caruso's 12-year record with St. Thomas is 126-21.
Since 2000, more than 200,000 NCSA clients have reported their commitment to a college team.
"Colleges of the Month" are determined by the total number of NCSA Favorites each program receives over a month. NCSA Favorites are driven by the college-search activity of the more than two million student-athletes within NCSA's recruiting network.
When a student-athlete "favorites" a college, it signifies their strong interest in that school and provides a snapshot of which athletic programs are staying active on the NCSA platform by drawing recruiting interest, logging profile views and messaging potential recruits.