The American Baseball Coaches Association honored over 200 college and high school programs with this year's ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. Two-time California Pacific Conference champion Antelope Valley was one of nine NAIA teams to earn distinction on the list after posting a 3.21 grade point average during the 2016-17 academic year.
Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were honored with the award, which recognizes teams coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 2016-17 academic year.
UAV President Marco Johnson celebrates the scholarly efforts of the baseball team just as much as their athletic accomplishments. "Our baseball program has clearly demonstrated what a focused group of young adults can achieve when they come together for a common purpose as a team," he said.
In total, 221 programs were recognized with the 2016-17 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, including 70 high school programs and 60 teams from NCAA Div. III.
Coaches were able to nominate their teams for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award following the conclusion of their spring semesters prior to the nomination deadline of July 7. To be honored, teams had to meet the following criteria:
Must be a high school or college team.
Head coach must be a current ABCA member.
Team must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during the 2016-17 academic year. GPA may not be rounded up.
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.