KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Western Carolina men’s basketball team was honored Thursday as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the seventh annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics to recognize teams with a 3.0 grade point average. The Catamounts posted a team GPA of 3.285.
“I can’t say enough about the efforts of our student-athletes in the classroom, we are very proud of them,” head coach Mark Prosser said. “This is the first time in our program’s history that we have earned this award. We feel very fortunate to represent one of the finest and most up-and-coming universities in the Southeast. Our Academic Support staff is second to none in the country also, and they deserve a lot of credit for working diligently with our young men. This award is theirs also.”
The NABC's Team Academic Excellence Award is given to any NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA men's basketball team with a team GPA greater than 3.0, counting all student-athletes who competed during the 2018-19 season. This is the first time Western Carolina earned the team award since the NABC began the team award program in 2012-13. A total of eight Catamounts finished the 2018-19 school year with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
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.