• In 2010, Kent State claimed both the Reese and Jacoby
Trophies for the first time in the history of the program. Overall,
the Golden Flashes now have seven Jacoby trophies for women’s
excellence (1989, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005 & 2010) and five
Reese titles for men’s success (2000, 2002, 2006, 2009 &
2010) to their credit. Kent State is the first school to claim both
trophies in the same year since Ball State did so in 1998.
This marks the ninth straight year that Kent State has finished in third place or better in both standings, an unprecedented feat. Since 2000, the five Reese Trophies are the most by any MAC school, while the women earned their 13th consecutive top-three finish.
• In the past four years, Kent State has won or shared 33 MAC championships (regular season and tournament titles), including 10 during the 2009-10 season.
• 11 former KSU student-athletes are currently playing in the NFL, including 3 Pro Bowl athletes (Joshua Cribbs, James Harrison, and Antonio Gates). The trio of Cribbs, Harrison and Gates have been Pro Bowl starters each of the past two seasons.
• Along with its 10 MAC Championships in 2009-10, the Golden Flashes boasted a program-record nine MAC Player of the Year accolades. Five KSU head coaches also claimed six MAC Coach of the Year honors.
• Since 1994, the Golden Flashes have won a total of 95 MAC championships and Student-athletes have won 251 individual MAC championships.
• For the 10th time in the last 11 years, Kent State was the top Mid-American Conference finisher in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The 71st-place national finish marks the 13th time in the 17-year history of the award that the Golden Flashes have been the number one MAC school in the ratings. In addition to their national finish, the Golden Flashes were second among Ohio’s 11 Division I schools and 11th among non-BCS schools with 261 points. Kent State finished 44.75 points ahead of Central Michigan — whose 86th-place showing made it the next-best finisher in the MAC.
• Kent State was recently crowned the 2010 national champions of the Excellence in Management Cup by Texas A&M’s Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 2009, Kent State finished second in the Excellence in Management Cup, which determines which Division I (FBS) athletic departments win the most conference and national championships, while carrying the lowest expenses.