The Liberty men's basketball team's success during the 2018-19 season was not only on the court but also in the classroom as the Flames earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award. Liberty was one of two schools (FGCU) in the ASUN Conference to receive the award.
"This award is a reflection of the hard work our players have put in the classroom," head coach Ritchie McKay said. "I cannot thank Kristie Beitz, Courtney Huffman and the rest of our academic staff enough. The amount of care and commitment they give our players is unmatched."
The award is an outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2018-19 season. This is the first time that Liberty basketball has ever received the NABC honor as the award has been in existence for the last seven years as the Flames posted a 3.01 GPA as a team.
This year, the Flames had eight players post a 3.0 GPA or higher including four players with over a 3.5 GPA. This is one of two academic awards the Flames received this season as Keenan Gumbs was named to the 2018-19 ASUN Winter Winners for Life team. The team is comprised of one student-athlete from each of the nine institutions and honors those who display excellence on and off the playing surface.