BOSTON, Mass. – The 2019 edition of Beacons baseball continues to earn national recognition. This time it was their work in the classroom that earned them a spot on the American Baseball Coaches of America (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award list for the first time in program history.
In total over 300 member college and high school programs from across the country received the Team Academic Excellence Award. Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were recognized with this year's award, which highlights programs coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entire 2018-19 academic year.
As a team the Beacons, who advanced to the program's third College World Series, and second in the last four years, posted a cumulative GPA of 3.04. The Beacons won their third straight Little East Conference Tournament title, third NCAA Regional championship and first NCAA Super Regional title in the spring.
"I am very proud of my players' efforts on and off the field. I think having high achievers in all areas really is important to our culture," added head coach Brendan Eygabroat.
This year, 308 college and high school programs received this year's award, including NCAA Div. III national champion Chapman University (Calif.) and NJCAA Div. II champs Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. In total, 99 high school teams along with 209 programs from the NCAA Div. I, II, III, NAIA, and junior college levels were recognized. The Beacons were the only team for the Little East Conference represented on this year's list.
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.