KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Aug. 2, 2018) – The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) recently announced the 2017-18 Team Academic Excellence Award Recipients and, for the third-straight season, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team earned the prestigious accolade. There were a total of 292 programs that were honored among NCAA, NAIA, Junior Colleges and high schools in the USA and the Mariners were one of just 77 teams from NCAA Division III.
"Our coaching staff is thrilled that our players have continued to perform well in the classroom," said USMMA head baseball coach Michael Notebaert. "With all the regimental, athletic and academic requirements our midshipmen have, it is truly impressive to have been awarded this team award for the third-straight season."
The ABCA'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.
Criteria for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award include:
- 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 2017-18 academic year. GPA may not be rounded up.
For the complete release from the ABCA, click here.
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