Kansas tabbed with ABCA Academic Excellence Award

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced Tuesday that the Kansas baseball team earned the organization’s Academic Excellence Award.

A total of 48 Division I programs in the NCAA earned the recognition with the Jayhawks being the only Big 12 Conference school on the list.

“I have to tip my cap to our academic advisor and assistant athletics director for academic and career counseling, Glenn Quick. He does a fabulous job at making sure our guys perform just as well in the classroom as they do on the field. I couldn’t be prouder of the work our guys do in and out of the classroom.”

Ritch Price, Head Coach

The Jayhawks finished with a 3.02 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) for the 2018-19 academic year. This marks the second time in three years KU accomplished that feat and earned distinction from the ABCA.

Coaches were able to nominate their teams for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award following the conclusion of the 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 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the 2018-19 academic year.

About the ABCA
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.