Miami Defends Jacoby Award Title as MAC's Best
May 29, 2009
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The top Mid-American Conference institutional awards were announced today as Miami University (women's) and Kent State University (men's) and were honored with the annual Fred Jacoby and David Reese All-Sports Trophies.
Miami captured its second consecutive and fourth ever Jacoby Trophy for having the best overall women's athletic teams during the 2008-09 academic year while Kent State won its fourth ever Reese Trophy, emblematic of success for men's teams.
"Miami's Women's Programs literally created history this year by setting a school record for championships in one season AND defending the Jacoby for the first time," Director of Athletics Brad Bates said. "The athletic accomplishments parallel their intellectual and academic accomplishments and are a tribute to the exceptional coaches and students in our program and their commitment to excellence."
The RedHawks' previous Jacoby honors were in 1983 and 1997 (tied with Kent State), and 2008. In 2009, Miami 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.
Miami's back-to-back Jacoby Trophy victories marks the first time in four years that a school has won the award in consecutive years. Kent State won the Jacoby in 2004 and 2005.
"Winning (the cross country championship) this fall certainly was a great way to get the championship mentality rolling," Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach Rita Arndt-Molis said. "Miami can and should be a dominant school in this conference. We have excellent leadership and resources plus there is genuine positivity and excitement in the department for all the programs."
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.
Miami's men placed eleventh in the 2009 standings. The RedHawks have won a MAC-record 22 Reese Awards since it was instituted in 1966.
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 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 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 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.