Frederick, Md. -- The Frederick Community College softball name has been named a top academic program for the 2016-2017 season by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
This is the third year in a row that the FCC softball team has received the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year distinction.
"The entire Frederick Community College campus is extremely proud of Coach Baer and the softball team for maintaining such a high level of academic excellence," said FCC Director of Athletics Rodney Bennett. "The balance between academics and athletics can be challenging, but our softball team is dedicated to succeeding both in the classroom and on the field year-in and year-out."
The 19-player team boosted a team average GPA of 3.0.
"Excellence in the classroom is not only a trait that our players are encouraged to strive for, but is also a core value that defines this group of student athletes," said Head Coach Charlie Baer. "Earning this honor for the third consecutive year is a testament to the quality of players recruited and reflects their dedication toward being great students as well as great athletes."
About the NJCAA Academic Team Awards
Since 1993, the NJCAA has recognized the team with the highest overall grade-point average for their sport and gender with the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Award. Teams that qualify with an overall grade-point average of at least a 3.0 are receive honorable mention recognition. Nominations are submitted by each team's respective institution.