KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Piedmont College men's basketball team was awarded the 2018-19 Team Academic Excellence Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today. This marks the sixth straight season the Lions have earned this honor with this being the seventh annual listing by the NABC & the NABC Committee on Academics.
Piedmont's six-year streak is the longest active streak in the USA South with Piedmont earning the honor each year under Head Coach Greg Neeley.
In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes who competed during the 2018-19 season. The award recognizes teams with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better over the 2018-19 season.
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.
Release courtesy of the Piedmont sports information department.