The Saginaw Valley State University Baseball team was honored for its hard work in the classroom for the 2019-20 season, as the Cardinals earned the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award for their efforts.
The Cardinals posted an overall team GPA of 3.17 during the 2019-20 campaign to land on the list. SVSU posted an early 8-5 record for the season as well in spring play before the season was cancelled.
The American Baseball Coaches Association's Team Academic Excellence Award honors high school and college programs coached by ABCA members that post a cumulative Grade Point Average over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the current academic year.
Criteria for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award include:
- Must be a high school or college team
- Head coach must be a current ABCA member
- Team must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the 2019-20 academic year (see form for details regarding 2020 academic interruptions). GPA may not be rounded up.
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 Sports Regional & National Coaches of the Year and several other major awards such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and Dave Keilitz Ethics in Coaching Award.