NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — New Providence was the only public high school in New Jersey to receive the 2019-20 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association.
More than 400 member college and high school programs from across the country received the 2019-20 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were honored with this year's award, which highlights programs coached by ABCA members that posted a grade-point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for the entire 2019-20 academic year.
In total, 146 high school teams along with 288 programs from the NCAA Div. I, II, III, NAIA, and Junior College levels were recognized.
“In light of the challenges faced by so many programs across the country, we are humbled to be able to honor a record number of teams for their outstanding academic achievements,” said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. “It is a testament to the leadership of our member coaches and the commitment of their student-athletes who persevered during an unprecedented academic year.”
Coaches were able to nominate their teams for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award following the conclusion of their spring semesters prior to the nomination deadline of July 17. 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 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during the 2019-20 academic year (Due to some schools changing to Pass/Fail grading, spring semester grades were not required to be included in the cumulative calculation).
Morristown-Beard and Newark Academy were the only other New Jersey high school baseball programs in New Jersey to receive the ABCA honor.
The New Providence baseball team, coached by Chris Brodeur, won the NJSIAA Section 2, Group 1 championships in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.