PASADENA, CA – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has announced their 2013-14 academic honorees. The Caltech men's basketball squad earned team honors while two student-athletes were recognized for their individual success in the classroom.
"It's an honor to be recognized by the NABC and a privilege to coach such tremendous student athletes," said sixth year head coach Oliver Eslinger. "We are especially pleased with the team award, as we regularly discuss how to be successful off the court."
The Beavers compiled a 3.24 team GPA as they were one of three SCIAC teams to receive the recognition. La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer were the other schools within the conference to get honored. This is the second season the NABC has bestowed a team academic accolade. Caltech has been honored on both occasions.
There were more than 125 teams that were honored with the organization's team academic excellence award. In order to earn the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, an institution must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes competing during the 2013-14 season. The combined GPA must be at least 3.0 while playing in NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I and II.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:
1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player
2. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 academic year
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution
4. Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA institution
Caltech has been honored by the NABC with the team or an individual award in each of the six seasons Eslinger has been at the program's helm.