The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team was 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," Eastern Kentucky Head Coach Edwin Thompson said. "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.”
This year, 305 college and high school programs were recognized with the award, but just 51 NCAA Division I teams met the academic requirements. Eastern joined Louisville and Kentucky as the only three Division I teams in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to be honored.
In order to qualify for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, programs must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the 2018-19 academic year.
The Colonels had 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 Eastern Kentucky University 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 (CoSIDA).