KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Coe College men's basketball team has been honored with the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award for the fifth-straight year, while leading the state of Iowa with seven selections to the NABC Honors Court.
In the fifth year of the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, Coe is the only school in the state of Iowa to receive it every year. The Kohawks joined Simpson and Wartburg in the Iowa Conference in receiving the award this year. The only other schools in Iowa to earn the award were Dordt, Drake and Upper Iowa.
Seven Kohawks were named to the NABC Honors Court, tied for the most in the Iowa Conference with Simpson. Coe has led the league in selections to the NABC Honors Court for four-straight years. Seniors Josh Jirak, Hunter Pflughaupt, Marshall Shedeck and Matt Vonderhaar earned the award for the second-straight year. Juniors Matt Meyer (Mason City, Iowa/Mason City), Nic Roth (Clinton, Iowa/Prince of Peace ) and Jake Van Oort earned the award for the first time.
For a team to be selected for the Team Academic Excellence Award, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. To earn a spot on the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior varsity player, have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, matriculated at least one year at the current school and have a coach that is a member of the NABC.