NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The 2018 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 for the second year in a row.

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.

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 94 high school programs in the nation to receive the designation.

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Criteria for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award include:

  • 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 2017-18 academic year. GPA may not be rounded up.

The American Baseball Coaches Association 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/Diamond Regional & National Coaches of the Year and several other major awards such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and the Ethics in Coaching Award.