UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The American Baseball Coaches Association recently announced its latest list of team academic award winners, with the Saginaw Valley State University earning the honor.
The Cardinals are among the 580 total baseball teams honored by the ABCA with the 2020-21 Teams Academic Excellence Award. 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 2020-21 academic year.
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 12. 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 2020-21 academic year
The award is the second straight for SVSU, after earning the distinction in 2019-20. SVSU combined for a 3.15 GPA in 2020-21.