Kansas City, Mo. – The William and Mary men’s basketball team garnered recognition from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for its success in the classroom. The Tribe was one of 96 teams in the country and 21 in Division I to receive Team Academic Excellence Award, while the Green and Gold topped all of Division I with seven selections to the NABC Honors Court, recognizing collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2012-13 season. 2013 graduates Brett Goodloe, Doug Howardand Andrew Pavloff as well as juniors Kyle Gaillard, Fred Heldring, Tim Rusthoven and Ben Whitlatch were selected to the Honors Court.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-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 2012-13 academic year; 3) Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution; and 4) Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution. The Team Academic Excellence Awards is in its inaugural year and was created by the NABC Committee on Academics to recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
As a team, W&M boasted a team grade point average of 3.1 in 2012-13. In each of the last three semesters, the Tribe program produced a team GPA of 3.1 or better. The Tribe was one of only 10 schools nationally between Division I, II, III and NAIA with seven or more recipients, including the most in all of Division I basketball. In total, more than 700 student-athletes from 285 colleges and universities were honored by the NABC.
Gaillard, a business finance major, and Rusthoven, a finance and marketing major, were CAA All-Academic First Team selections this past year, and Gaillard was also honored as the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball. Heldring, who is a finance and accounting major, was a CAA All-Academic team selection each of the last two seasons, while Whitlatch, a marketing and public policy major, earned his first academic award as a member of the NABC Honors Court. Goodloe, who majored in neuroscience, Howard, who was a double major in marketing and English, and Pavloff, who majored in business finance, were CAA All-Academic Team selections this past year and earned their degrees from W&M in May.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
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. 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. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.