KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) this week announced the sixth annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics, and Saint Joseph's College is one of 186 teams from around the nation to earn the honor.
These awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2017-18 season. In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA (all three divisions), NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes who competed during the 2017-18 season.
Saint Joseph's is one of two teams from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) to earn the academic accolade as Suffolk University joins the Monks on the distinguished list.
Also, St. Joe's is one of just two Maine institutions – along with Bates College - to claim honors this summer.
Under the watch of 15th-year Head Coach Rob Sanicola '99 last season, Saint Joseph's posted a 16-10 overall record with an 11-5 mark in GNAC play en route to claiming the #3 seed in the conference tournament. The Monks' campaign came to a close with a 69-65 quarterfinal loss at the hands of sixth-seeded Suffolk University on Tuesday, February 20th.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.
Click here to view archives for the NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards.