The Kent State women's soccer team has received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Team Academic Award for their success during the 2008-09 season.
Kent State ranked eighth in Division I with a 3.52 GPA. Kent State’s 3.52 GPA was also 20th among all women’s teams that submitted team GPA’s to the NSCAA. Submissions came from all three NCAA divisions as well as NAIA and NJCAA schools.
“Our coaching staff is extremely proud of our team’s accomplishments academically,” said head coach Rob Marinaro. “Our ladies work very hard to represent Kent State University and this is a wonderful honor. The award also shows the pride the Kent State Athletic Department takes in its support of our student-athletes.”
“Receiving national recognition pertaining to academics is a great honor, and we are consistently proud of our program and their achievements,” said Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services Jennifer Kulics. “The exceptional academic success of our women’s soccer program is a tribute to the caliber of student-athletes recruited by our coaching staff and how committed our student-athletes are to their studies in and out of season.”
Kent State will continue their road trip on Friday when they travel to the Cintas Center to take on Chris Mack's Xavier Musketeers. Mack, the former Xavier player, is in his first season on the job after former coach Sean Miller left to be the head coach at Arizona. The Musketeers are 4-2 on the season and are led by 6-4 guard Jordan Crawford (18.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and 6-9 post Jason Love (11.2 ppg, 11.0 rpg). Many fans may have seen Xavier play last week on the ESPN family of networks in Orlando as part of the Old Spice Classic. Xavier went 1-2 in the tournament, defeating Creighton and losing to Marquette and Baylor. Earlier in the season the Musketeers drilled MAC member Bowling Green 101-57. Xavier and Kent State do have a common opponent this season. On November 13 Xavier beat Youngstown State 83-57. Kent State last met Xavier during the 2007-08 season when the Musketeers defeated Kent State 78-65 in Chicago as part of the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Xavier leads the all time series 11-4.
Kent State should learn more today about the injury status of freshman guard Randal Holt. Holt injured his knee in a loss at South Florida on November 25.
Head coach Glen Conley recently signed a two year contract extension to be in charge of the Golden Flashes' program. Conley's new contract now runs through June of 2012.
Conley has compiled a 49-45 record in his first three seasons at the helm of the Golden Flashes volleyball program, the best start under any head coach in the program’s history. Under his tutelage, six different players have earned All-MAC accolades while two have earned freshman all-conference honors.
“I am very excited about the extension,” Conley said. “I am very happy about the support the administration has given to me personally and to the volleyball team. We’re looking forward to building a great program together.”
Earlier in the week, Laing Kennedy extended the contract of women's basketball coach Bob Lindsay.
When Kennedy officially retires at the end of June 2010, perhaps this guy could have been a prime candidate for the job. Not anymore.
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