CLEVELAND ? The top Mid-American Conference institutional awards were announced today as Kent State University (men’s) and Miami University (women’s) were honored with the annual David Reese and Fred Jacoby All-Sports Trophies.
Kent State won its fourth ever Reese Trophy for having the best overall men’s athletic teams during the 2008-09 academic year while Miami captured its second consecutive and fourth ever Jacoby Trophy.
The Golden Flashes captured titles in wrestling, golf, and indoor track and field, finished third in baseball, cross country, outdoor track and field, and basketball (tied) and eighth (tied) in football. The Kent State program previously earned its Reese Trophy Awards in 2000, 2002, and 2006. The Golden Flashes have also finished second four times in the last 10 years (2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008). Since 2000 the four Reese Trophies are the most by any MAC school as are the eight top-two finishes by the KSU program.
Miami grabbed its second consecutive Jacoby Trophy and fourth overall since 1983 as the top women’s athletic program. The RedHawks’ previous Jacoby honors were in 1983 and 1997 (tied with Kent State), and 2008. The RedHawks finished first in cross country, swimming and tennis, second in field hockey, tied for third in both volleyball and indoor track, fourth in softball, and outdoor track and field, seventh (tied) in basketball, and eighth in soccer.
Points are awarded based on each school’s finish, with the overall total divided by the number of sports sponsored by each school. An institution may count either indoor track and field or outdoor track and field but not both.
The men’s trophy is named for former MAC Commissioner David E. Reese. Reese was the first-ever MAC Commissioner and served the league from its inception in 1946 until 1964. The women’s trophy is named for former MAC Commissioner Fred Jacoby. Jacoby was the MAC Commissioner from 1971-82 and is credited with incorporating women’s athletics into the league’s structure.
The following sports (12) honor a regular season champion and are awarded points based on their regular season conference winning percentage: baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and wrestling.
The following sports (11) are awarded points based on the MAC Championship/tournament finish: cross country, golf, swimming and diving, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and gymnastics.