Virginia State Baseball Earns ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award

By Cassandra S. Price Associate Athletic Director for Sports Communications & Marketing


ETTRICK, VA – The Virginia State baseball program was among a select group of schools to earn the 2021-22 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, presented by Sports Attack and the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The Trojans finished the academic year with a 3.1 grade point average.

Teams from every level of college and high school baseball 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.

VSU is the only institution in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) to achieve the milestone.

Over 250 high school programs and more than 420 collegiate programs were recognized with this year’s award.

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 14. 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

The full ABCA release can be seen here.

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