Not just once, but TWO years in a row now.
The University of Kentucky baseball team has been honored with the Team Academic Excellence Award by the American Baseball Coaches Association for the 2018-19 season. This marks the second year in a row that the team has been recognized with the award.
We believe in developing young men as students first and foremost, which is why we’re thrilled to be honored with the @ABCA1945 Team Academic Excellence Award for 2018-19.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) July 26, 2019
The ABCA hands out the award to the program that finishes with a GPA above 3.0 and the Batcats ended the academic year with a 3.103. They are the only Southeastern Conference team to win the award over the last two seasons and Kentucky is among 51 Division I teams that received the award along with being only the second from the SEC.
“Everything we do in our program is built around developing young men, first and foremost, as students,” UK coach Nick Mingione said, according to UK’s press release. “I could not be more proud of the effort and commitment our team continues to put into their academic growth. We also greatly appreciate the work our academic counselor Michael Stone and his team at CATS. do for our student-athletes. They are a critical piece of their development.”
Not only did Kentucky pull this off in back-to-back seasons, but they also added 25 players to the honor roll this past year, more than any school in the SEC. Let’s see if they can three-peat.