Jan. 8, 2013
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and head coach Danny Hall, have been named the 2012 Most Valuable Program by the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB), which was announced at the American Baseball Coaches Association annual meetings.
The award is intended to recognize one college or university coach each year that has had the greatest impact on advancing the goals and objectives of the NACSB. In 2012, a total of 763 programs (3083 players) were considered for the award.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award on behalf of our program,” said Hall, who enters his 20th year at Tech this season. “The NACSB does tireless work to advance the game of baseball at the college level, and for them to recognize Georgia Tech is very special. An award like this is not possible without the dedication of our players, who put in the work on and off the field every day to make us better.”
To be considered, at least one student-athlete from the coach’s program must have signed a Letter of Commitment to an NACSB league and participated in the league during the 2012 season. Points are awarded to the school based on players’ participation as well as performance.
This past summer, a total of 19 Yellow Jackets played in summer leagues, with six in the prestigious Cope Cod League. Rising juniors Mott Hyde and Daniel Palka helped lead the Wareham Gatemen to the Cape Cod League title, and Palka was named the MVP of the Cape Cod All-Star Game.
Tech, ranked 17th in College Baseball’s preseason poll for 2013, returns 23 letterwinners from last year’s ACC Championship team, led by seniors Buck Farmer and Brandon Thomas. Farmer was selected to Louisville Sluggers’ preseason All-America second-team as a starting pitcher, while Thomas was named a third-team outfielder.
Final 2012 Top Standings
Georgia Tech – 40 points
Maryland – 36 points
Florida Atlantic – 35 points
Seton Hall – 35 points
Wake Forest – 34 points
Seminole State College – 33 points
Vanderbilt – 31 points
Indiana – 30 points
Stetson – 30 points