|Mounties Basketball Team Receives NABC Awards||07/18/2013|
CRESSON—The Mount Aloysius men’s basketball team has been named a recipient of the inaugural National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award.
The award was created by the NABC Committee on Academics, and recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2012-13 season.
Nationally, only 96 NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA Division I and II teams received the award.
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley expressed his appreciation to the students, faculty and coaching staff for the accomplishment. “We all cheer for winning on the court and on the field," he said. "Winning in the classroom, however, is the focal point of our mission here at Mount Aloysius College. This National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award is really the direct result of the extraordinarily close connection between faculty, coaching staff and student-athletes here at Mt Aloysius College."
A trio of Mount Aloysius players was additionally named to the prestigious NABC Honors Court, recognizing the talents and gifts of select basketball student-athletes.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a player must meet a high standard of academic criteria, be a junior or senior varsity player, have a minimum 3.2 grade point average, and have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
Senior Kyle Baughman (Lorain, OH), and juniors Jake Wyatt (Northampton, England) and Aaron Patrick (Johnsonburg, PA) were each selected as Honors Court recipients.
“I could not be more proud of our team’s efforts on the court and in the class room this past year,” Mount Aloysius coach Lance Loya said. “Of course, I am especially proud of Kyle, Jake, and Aaron for being named to the Honors Court. That is a tremendous honor.”
Former Mount Aloysius standout Joey Stephenson (Johnstown, PA), who graduated in 2010, is the only other Mount Aloysius student-athlete to have ever been named to the NABC Honors Court.
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.