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I've received several emails from parents and players who are looking for recommendations of colleges that have both strong academics as well as a strong baseball program.
This doesn't mean the school has to be Division 1. As we all know, there are numerous excellent D2, D3 and NAIA schools out there.
What are some examples of colleges that have both strong academics as well as a strong baseball program? Thanks.
Purdue University (my undergrad alma mater) - baseball has made great strides in recent years, the new stadium is nearly complete, and Purdue is strong in many disciplines, including (but not limited to) engineering, management, pharmacy, agriculture and veterinary medicine.
I would recommend Coastal Carolina University. They have reached the NCAA Regional in 10 of the past 11 years and are breaking ground on a new baseball facility Watson Stadium to include 2,500 permanent seats, with the potential to accommodate between 5,000-6,000 for events like an NCAA postseason tournament.
Any of the DIII or NAIA schools in So Cal are very good, depending on what area of concentration you are looking for. And you can't beat the weather, either.
If you are interested in Communication as a discipline, I have first hand knowledge of an excellent academic program and a good baseball coach at IUP, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, DII. For academics, communicate with Dr. Luis Almeida, a colleague and one of the sharpest in his field.
I attended Binghamton University (part of the America East) and thought the academics and baseball were both very challenging... just need to be able to survive the cold weather!