Baseball earns first-ever ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award

The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) has announced that OLLU has been awarded the 2019-2020 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. Teams 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 2019-2020 academic year. The Saints baseball team earned a 3.06 GPA, and this year marks the first time the men have won this award.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney said “I am very proud of our group of players who continued to get things done in the classroom. It was hard to have our season cut short, but that didn’t deter our student-athletes from taking ownership of their academics. It’s something we talk about each day, and I was very pleased with our team as they continued to stay the course. It shows we are not only continuing to get better on the field each year, but we are doing it with the right guys.”

“In light of the challenges faced by so many programs across the country, we are humbled to be able to honor teams for their outstanding academic achievements,” said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. “It is a testament to the leadership of our member coaches and the commitment of their student-athletes who persevered during an unprecedented academic year.”

Coaches were able to nominate their teams for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award following the conclusion of their spring semesters prior to the nomination deadline of July 17. 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 2019-2020 academic year (Due to some schools changing to Pass/Fail grading, spring semester grades were not required to be included in the cumulative calculation).

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 and 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.