Florida Southern's Christoph Gums has earned a spot on the 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, marking the fourth year in a row the Moccasins have been represented on that squad. The junior midfielder from Greifswald, Germany made the team in his first year of eligibility and will now move forward on the ballot for the Academic All-American Team.
Gums was Florida Southern's second leading scorer this year with five goals and 18 points while leading the team with eight assists for the second year in a row. After tying for the Sunshine State Conference lead in assists last year as a sophomore, he is tied for second this year, and no other midfielder in the SSC has had more points than Gums over the last two seasons. He has nine goals and 16 assists for 34 points in his two years at Florida Southern after transferring from Manhattan College, was Second Team All-SSC last year and First Team All-SSC this year.
Gums joins a long list of Moccasins who have made the academic all-district team, but he is just the fourth to do so in the first year he was eligible. The others were Ahmad Belfon in 1997, Givi Kokaia in 2008, and Carl Spansk in 2015. All three of those players eventually made the Academic All-American team at some point in their careers.
To be eligible for the Academic All-District Team, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30, be at least a sophomore, and have completed one full academic year at the college or university where they are playing. They must also be a starter or key reserve.