GREENSBORO, N.C. – Southern Wesleyan’s baseball team was one of 20 NCAA Division II teams to receive the American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award.
The recipients of the 2015-16 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, which honors high school and college programs that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the academic year, have been announced. Over 140 high school and college programs were recognized with the inaugural award.
“We are extremely proud to recognize the academic accomplishments of so many of our member coaches’ programs this year,” said Craig Keilitz, ABCA executive director. “This award highlights our coaches’ commitment to developing student-athletes that excel both on and off the field, and we’re proud of these student-athletes for their success in the classroom.”
Teams from NCAA Divisions I, II and III, junior college and high school were honored. The new award was announced in May and the deadline for teams to be nominated was July 15.
To qualify for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, programs must meet the following criteria:
The American Baseball Coaches Association has a long tradition of recognizing the achievements of baseball coaches and student-athletes.
The ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams are the nation’s oldest, founded in 1949, and the ABCA’s awards program also includes the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Awards, the ABCA/Diamond Regional & National Coaches of the Year and several other major awards such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award.
This story courtesy of Southern Wesleyan University.