KANSAS CITY, Mo.
– The South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball team earned the 2013-14 National
Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award for the
second consecutive year.
“It’s awesome for the team and our institution to earn these
types of awards,” said Hardrocker men’s basketball head coach Jason Henry. “But
it’s even more of an achievement to consistently do it. It really shows the
caliber of scholar-athlete we have at South Dakota Mines. I’m proud of our guys
for not only making the grade, but also for putting in the time and commitment
needed to achieve their goals both in athletics and academics.”
In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award,
institutions in NCAA Div. I, II, III, and NAIA Division I and II, must count
the grade point averages of all men’s student-athletes who competed during the
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today
announced the second annual 2013-14 Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by
the NABC Committee on Academics. These awards recognize outstanding academic
achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or
better for the 2013-14 season.
Located in Kansas City, Mo, 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.