Vallejo, Calif. –The California State University Maritime Academy men's basketball team was honored with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award on Wednesday. The Keelhaulers posted a cumulative GPA of over 3.0 making the team eligible for the prestigious award. Cal Maritime was one of 7 NAIA schools and one of 122 schools nationally, across NAIA I and II and NCAA D I, II, and III to earn the award. The team was also the only member of the California State University system to be honored by the NABC.
"We are incredibly proud of the commitment our student-athletes have made in multiple phases of their lives including academically. Our team set several goals at the beginning of the season with earning this award being a top priority," Cal Maritime head coach Bryan Rooney said. "Similar to our on the court success, we were led by our excellent senior leadership in the classroom."
In addition to the team award, five individual student-athletes were named members of the NABC 2015-16 Honors Court. In order to be eligible, student-athletes must be either a junior or senior and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the academic year. Seniors Kameron Hoyt, Zach Davis, Alec Fetzer, and Blaine Shively as well as junior Travis Arenas earned the distinction through their academic achievement.
"Handling the responsibilities of a student-athlete at the collegiate level is a very daunting task. Kameron, Zach, Alec, Blaine and Travis are tremendous examples of the benefits of having a tireless work ethic. All are accomplished leaders and this award demonstrates their commitment to leadership in the classroom. Their futures are very bright and we are thankful for the opportunity to call them Keelhaulers," concluded Coach Rooney.
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.