GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For the second consecutive season, the Elmira College baseball team has been recognized for its outstanding academic achievement by being named as a recipient of the American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award.
As a team, EC's 32-man roster combined to produce a 3.09 grade-point average during the 2018-19 academic year. The ABCA honored 308 institutions, ranging from high schools all the way up to NCAA Division I programs. Elmira was the only current member of the Empire 8 Conference to receive the honor and was among 82 Division III programs to earn the prestigious award.
"It's a proud accomplishment for our team to be recognized by the ABCA for our academic achievement", said head baseball coach Corey Paluga. "We expect this to be the academic standard for our program while we continue to work towards a conference championship."
In order to be eligible for the Team Academic Excellence Award, a program must meet the following criteria; must be a high school or college team, the head coach must be a current ABCA member, and the team must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during the 2018-19 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/Diamond 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. To learn more about the ABCA click here.