The Patriots were one of 305 college and high school teams that were honored with the 2019 ABCA 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. UC was one of 297 collegiate teams that spread from NCAA Division I to Junior College to earn the honor.
"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 305 overall winners was a record number of award winners this year for the ABCA with just 16 of those were coming from the NAIA. Only two teams came from the state of Kentucky in the NAIA which were Asbury University and UC. The state leading the way for the NAIA was Michigan with four teams earning the nod.
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 18. To be honored, teams had to 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.