Middlebury Cited for Academic Excellence by ABCA

Middlebury Cited for Academic Excellence by ABCA


The Middlebury baseball program was one of more than 200 college and high school programs honored with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2016-17 academic year. Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were recognized with the award, which cites teams coached by ABCA members that posted a grade point average over 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

In total, 224 programs earned the 2016-17 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, including 60 teams from the Division III level.

"With all that is expected of our student-athletes, achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or above is truly an accomplishment," said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. "It is a testament to the leadership and commitment of our member coaches to developing their players into individuals who will be successful on and off the field."

A total of eight Panthers in their respective second year or higher also earned NESCAC All-Academic honors last spring, awarded to student-athletes who have completed at least one full year of college study and who carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.40.

Middlebury had a tremendous spring, advancing to the NESCAC Championship game as the top seed out of the league's West Division. The team finished with a 22-16 record, with the 22 victories as the second most in program history. The Panthers also boasted a pair of seven-game winning streaks during the year and set a mark for games played in a single season at 38.