Baseball Earns Second Straight ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award

MIT baseball team photo in the outfield at O'Brien Field.

Cambridge, Mass. (August 1) -- The MIT baseball team has been honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) with the 2019 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. The Engineers were one of 310 member programs honored as the team has a team GPA of 3.515 on a 4.0 scale.

"We are proud to once again honor the academic achievements of so many of our member programs," said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. "The off-the-field success of this year's award winners is a testament to the hard work of the student-athletes and the commitment of coaches and academic personnel to developing well-rounded individuals."

The Engineers were the lone school from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to receive this honor in 2019 as this award was first established by the ABCA in 2015-16. MIT also tied for the league-high with 13 NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honorees, while junior Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) was named as a Google Cloud Second Team Academic All-American after earning Third Team accolades in 2018.

In total, 310 college and high school programs received this year's award, including 99 high school programs and 82 teams from NCAA Division III. 

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 19. 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 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.

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