The Braves make their first appearance in the NAIA’s 25 Best Baseball Coaches pre-season poll
Baseball | Wed Nov 3, 2021
KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Reigning NAIA National Champion Georgia Gwinnett claims pole position in the Top 25 Preseason Baseball Coaches. Finalist Central Methodist (Mo.) remains second, Southeastern (Florida) moves to third, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) slips from one place to fourth and Tennessee Wesleyan completes the Top Five. Reinhardt (Ga.) And Bellevue (Neb.) Jump into the poll after being unranked late last year.
The University of Ottawa made the program’s first appearance in the pre-season poll with 20 votes. Ottawa enters 2022 after a record-breaking season that ended with the NAIA’s first trip to the opening round.
The poll was voted on by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.
The Top 25 is determined by a point system based on how each voter ranks the top teams. A team receives 30 points for each vote for first place, 29 for second place, and so on through the list.
The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-scoring is considered a low score) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for each ballot (including including the reduced-cost ballots) on which the teams appear.
Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered âreceiving votesâ.
The frequency of surveys is bi-weekly. This policy was approved by the National Administrative Council (NAC) prior to the 2016-17 academic season. This change gives reviewers the ability to review more work between review periods.
For the full Top 25 schedule, click here.
|RANK||LATEST||SCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]||SAVE||FINAL POINTS|
|1||1||Georgia Gwinnett ||51-10||529|
|2||2||Central Methodist (Mo.)||49-8||507|
|3||5||South East (Florida)||51-9||480|
|4||3||Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)||44-8||474|
|7||6||Southeast Indiana (Ind.)||50-15||428|
|9||8||Wesleyan from Oklahoma||49-11||388|
|ten||ten||LSU Shreveport (La.)||45-16||382|
|14||15||Sciences and Arts (Okla.)||34-12||295|
|16||16||Hope International (California)||29-15||257|
|17||19||St. Thomas (Florida)||34-21||253|
|19||18||Central Georgia State||37-20||230|
|22||24||Nazarene MidAmerica (Kan.)||41-16||148|
|23||25||Benedictine Mesa (Arizona)||32-16||134|
|25||23||Point Park (Pennsylvania)||40-16||128|
Others who received votes: William Carey (Miss) 120; Bryan (Tenn.) 106; Notre-Dame du Lac (Texas) 42; Westmont (California) 39; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 32; Webber International (Florida) 28; Colombia (Mo.) 24; Ottawa (Kan.) 20; Indiana Tech 13; OPC (SC) 8; Olivet Nazarene (Illinois) 5; Texas Wesleyan 4; Warner (Florida) 4; Doane (Neb.) 3; Southwestern Christian (Okla.) 3