Eight HBCU Baseball Programs Named 2021-22 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award Winners

The American Baseball Coaches Association recently recognized the nearly 700 member college and high school programs from across the country that have been awarded the 2021-22 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. ,

Eight Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) baseball programs were honored with this year’s award, which highlights programs coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for the entire 2021-22 academic year.

More than 420 collegiate programs were recognized with this year’s award which includes NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA teams. Included in this year’s list from HBCUs:

NCAA Division I

Alabama A&M University

Alabama State University

Bethune-Cookman University

Coppin State University

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

NCAA Division II

Benedict College

Kentucky State University

Virginia State University

NAIA

No HBCU NAIAs made the list.

Coaches nominate teams for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award following the conclusion of their 2022 seasons. 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 2021-22 academic year

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/ATEC Regional & National Coaches of the Year and several other major awards such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and the Dave Keilitz Ethics in Coaching Award.

2021-22 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award Recipients:

 

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