The Voorhees College Baseball Team excels on the field and in the classroom after recently being awarded the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Voorhees was one of four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) baseball programs chosen for the prestigious award out of 400 programs honored.
The ABCA’s Team Academic Excellence Award honors high school and college programs coached by ABCA members that post a cumulative Grade Point Average over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the current academic year.
The ABCA 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. The ABCA’s awards program also includes the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Awards, the ABCA/Diamond Sports Regional & National Coaches of the Year, and several other major awards, such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and Dave Keilitz Ethics in Coaching Award.
Head Baseball Coach Marcus Smith said he stresses to the players that baseball is temporary, but education will sustain for a lifetime. “This award is more significant than winning championships; it defines the true definition of a student-athlete. Also, in my recruiting process, my priority is academics because this allows stability within your program. I look forward to continuing success in the classroom and on the field as well,” Smith said.
Senior pitcher and computer science major Donald Lauer IV said as a presidential scholar, he understands the importance of maintaining academic excellence. “I am a student first and an athlete second, so even though my athletic performance is important to the institution and the program, my team’s academic performance makes it possible,” Lauer said.