NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The 2017 Pioneer baseball team, led by head coach and NPHS teacher Christopher Brodeur, were recently announced as recipients of the Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The award, given to collegiate and high school programs, can be attained by having a minimum cumulative GPA amongst all the players on the team of a 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

“I could not be prouder of the commitment to learning that our players show,” said Brodeur, on his teams’ dedication to both baseball and academics.  “I think the student athletes show an enormous amount of discipline by being able to excel both on the field and in the classroom.”

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The award is extra impressive for the program, as not only were they only one of three high schools in the state to be awarded the honor, but one of the 70 high school programs in the nation to receive the designation.

“Much of the credit goes to their teachers and guidance counselors,” said Brodeur.  “However, it is their parents who stress the importance of education which plays an integral part.”

The ABCA, which has been recognizing coaches, players and teams since 1949, started to award the Academic Excellence Award in 2015-2016.