The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team’s hard work in the classroom has paid off as they were recognized as one of only 51 NCAA Division I programs, and the only Ohio Valley Conference team, to receive a 2018-19 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award.
The ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award began in 2016, and EKU has earned the honor each year. Only 14 NCAA Division I baseball programs have earned the award each year.
“It is truly an honor to receive the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row,” Head Coach Edwin Thompson said in a release. "To be one of only 14 Division I baseball teams to earn this award every year means a lot to me and to our players. We take great pride in our academics, and in everything we do. With the help of Josh Shipp and the Bratzke Academic Center staff, we were able to accomplish this goal for another year.”
Not just Division I teams were honored with the award. This year, 305 college and high school programs were recognized.
Eastern joined The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky as the only three Division I teams in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to be honored.
According to ABCA’s website, “The American Baseball Coaches Association's Team Academic Excellence Award honors high school and college programs coached by ABCA members that post a Grade Point Average over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the current academic year.
The Colonels posted a 3.203 team GPA. The team’s fall GPA was its third best ever for a fall semester and the program’s spring GPA was its second highest ever for a spring semester.
Earlier this summer, two EKU baseball players received the highest academic/athletic honor in college athletics. Nick Howie and Ryland Kerr were chosen to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Baseball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
For more information about the ABCA award go to: https://www.abca.org/ABCA/Awards/Academic_Excellence/Default.aspx