--Daytona Beach, FL
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released the Academic Team of the Year awards this past Monday. This award is given to the college with the highest cummlative team grade point average in that sport. Daytona State College won the award for baseball by posting a 3.78 GPA. This is the 13th year in a row that the Daytona State Baseball program has won this academic award.
There were 15 members of the Falcon Baseball team that earned an NJCAA Academic Student Athlete Award. There were nine that earned a 1st Team Academic Student Athlete Award for having a 4.0 GPA. There were five that earned 2nd Team Academic Student Athlete Award for having a 3.8-3.99 GPA. There was one 3rd team Academic Student Athlete Award winners who had a 3.6-3.79 GPA.
Tim Touma, Daytona State Baseball HBC, was asked about his program winning the award, "This is a great accomplishment for our players and is special because it is the best team GPA we've every had here at Daytona State. The support system for our student-athletes in our baseball program is fantastic. This award is not possible with out the help from our administraton and support staff. Our Athletic Director Will Dunne has lead the way in creating a culture of academic success with in the entire Daytona State College Athletic Department. Our acadmemic advisors, Cindy Iafanti and Alison Mohr, do much more than just help our student athletes with classes. They take an interest in their lives and develop relationships with our kids that will extend far past graduation. They have been invaluable to the success for our athletic department, our Falcon baseball program but most importantly for our student athletes"