GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the second-straight year, the Marymount (Va.) University baseball squad has been honored with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award, the organization announced late last week.
Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were honored with the award, which recognizes teams coached by ABCA member that posted a grade-point average over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 2016-17 academic year. The Saints join the 215 programs that earned the award, 59 of which are Division III, after posting about a 3.2 team GPA.
"We are so excited for the opportunity to honor so many of our member coaches and their players with the Team Academic Excellence Award," said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. "With all that is expected of our student-athletes, achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or above is truly an accomplishment. It is a testament to the leadership and commitment of our member coaches to developing their players into individuals who will be successful on and off the field."
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 Ethics in Coaching Award.