Lincoln Lions Baseball Team Earns ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award



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Lions Baseball Team Earns ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award
Lincoln is the only HBCU at any level to earn this award.

Lincoln University, Pa. – The American Baseball Coaches Association has announced the recipients of their annual ABCA Team Academic Excellence Awards. Lincoln University’s baseball team was amongst the 34 NCAA Division II institutions honored with this year’s award.

A total of 141 four year college baseball programs on all levels (NCAA I, II and III, NAIA) were honored by the ABCA. The Lions were the only HBCU institution in the country to earn the Team Academic Excellence Award. Ten junior college and 70 high school programs were also honored.

In order to be honored, a college program must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during the 2016-17 academic year, and their head coach must be an ABCA member. The GPA may not be rounded up.

2017 marks the second year that the ABCA has presented the Team Academic Excellence Award and also marks the second time that Lincoln’s baseball team has been honored. Amongst this year’s 34 programs honored, Lincoln is just one of 19 to receive the award twice. A total of 259 institutions sponsor baseball at the Division II level in 2016-17.

The Lions are also the only baseball program amongst the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) to have received the award in either of its first two years. The Lions are also one of only two schools in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region to be honored with this year’s award (the other being Seton Hill University).

“This team works diligently throughout the academic year to keep their nose in their books. I try to help them understand how important their academics are after their playing career is over “said Head Baseball Coach Anthony Plá. “They have worked extremely hard all year and I am happy that the ABCA has given our team this award for the second year in a row proving that we are true student-athletes. I am extremely proud of their accomplishments and for this being the sixth semester we have achieved over a 3.0 team GPA.”

Nine of the 17 active players on the 2017 baseball squad have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better with three others with cumulative gpa marks between 2.90 and 2.99. Rising junior Marcos Castillo<> (Brooklyn, N.Y./HS of Telecommunications) leads the squad with a 3.87. In addition, 12 of the players on Lincoln’s squad this year earned a 3.0 or better during the spring semester with eight of those earning dean’s list honors by achieving a g.p.a. of 3.3 or higher.

Head Coach Anthony Plá will enter his tenth season at the helm of the Lions baseball squad in 2018.

About the ABCA: The ABCA is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,000 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth.
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.

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