Rogers State baseball has earned the American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award for their efforts in the classroom during the 2022 season, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The Hillcats were one of five MIAA teams to receive this honor and one of just 87 Division II teams. To qualify for the award, teams must maintain a minimum of GPA of 3.00 on 4.0 scale and the head coach must be a current ABCA member.
The ABCA 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/ATEC 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.