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.

2008-09 Final Jacoby Standings
 SchoolSportsPointsAvg.
1.Miami9889.78
2.KSU977.58.61
3.Ohio9738.11
4.CMU864.258.03
5.WMU971.257.92
t-6.Akron9647.11
t-6.Toledo9647.11
8.BGSU10696.90
9.EMU1060.756.08
10.BSU1165.55.95
11.NIU948.55.38
12.Buffalo835.754.47



2008-09 Final Reese Standings
 SchoolSportsPointsAvg.
1.KSU770.510.07
t-2.CMU646.57.75
t-2.EMU8627.75
4.Ohio6467.67
5.BSU6457.50
6.WMU536.57.30
7.Akron749.57.07
8.Buffalo958.56.50
9.BGSU638.56.42
10.NIU744.56.36
11.Miami7436.14
12.Toledo6315.17

PAST JACOBY TROPHY WINNERS WINNERS RUNNERS-UP 2009 Miami 9.78, Kent State 8.61 2008 Miami 9.66, Ohio 9.50 2007 Ohio 9.94, Bowling Green 7.97 2006 Western Michigan 10.3, Kent State 9.17 2005 Kent State 10.7, Western Michigan 8.38 2004 Kent State 10.72, Central Michigan 9.44 2003 Ball State 66, Kent State 63 2002 Ball State 71.5, Kent State 59 2001 Ball State 69, Kent State 68.5 2000 Ball State 65.5, Kent State 64 1999 Kent State 64, Northern Illinois 62.5 1998 Ball State 60.5,Kent State 60 1997 Miami 47.5, Kent State 47.5 1996 Kent State 47.5, Miami 46.5 1995 Ohio 49, Central Michigan 44-Western Michigan 44 1994 Bowling Green 46, Ball State 45.5 1993 Bowling Green 55, Miami 46 1992 Bowling Green 42, Miami 41 1991 Central Michigan 47, Miami 42.5 1990 Central Michigan 43.5, Eastern Michigan 41.5-Miami 41.5 1989 Kent State 40, Western Michigan 39.5 1988 Bowling Green 49, Eastern Michigan 39 1987 Western Michigan 49, Central Michigan 41.5 1986 Western Michigan 50.5, Bowling Green 46 1985 Western Michigan 52.5, Bowling Green 47-Central Michigan 47 1984 Western Michigan 51.5, Central Michigan 46 1983 Miami 52, Bowling Green 46

PAST REESE TROPHY WINNERS WINNERS RUNNERS-UP 2009 Kent State 10.07, Central Michigan 7.75-Eastern Michigan 7.75 2008 Eastern Michigan 9.62, Kent State 8.85 2007 Central Michigan 10.25, Kent State 9.64 2006 Kent State 9.5, Miami 9.5 2005 Miami 9.54, Central Michigan 9.25 2004 Miami 9.64, Kent State 9.43 2003 Miami 64.5, Kent State 63.5 2002 Kent State 65.5, Bowling Green 63 2001 Central Michigan 61, Ball State 59.5 2000 Kent State 65, Miami 60.5 1999 Miami 72, Toledo 61.5 1998 Western Michigan 58.5, Ball State 58.5 1997 Miami 53.5, Ohio 51 1996 Eastern Michigan 49, Miami 47 1995 Bowling Green 49.5, Miami 48 1994 Bowling Green 49.5, Ohio 48 1993 Ball State 49.5, Miami 45.5 1992 Miami 46, Ball State 39 1991 Eastern Michigan 45.5, Miami 44.5 1990 Ball State 45, Eastern Michigan 41 1989 Ball State 44, Eastern Michigan 43 1988 Eastern Michigan 52, Central Michigan 41.5-Miami 41.5 1987 Miami 45, Eastern Michigan 43 1986 Miami 56, Central Michigan 44.5 1985 Miami 49.5, Ohio 44 1984 Miami 52.5, Ohio 44 1983 Miami 52, Bowling Green 47 1982 Miami 68, Ohio 62.5 1981 Western Michigan 71, Miami 70 1980 Miami 67.5, Western Michigan 65 1979 Miami 70.5, Ohio 59.5 1978 Miami 76, Bowling Green 56-Eastern Michigan 56 1977 Miami 64.5, Ohio 54.5 1976 Miami 64, Ohio 55.5 1975 Miami 66, Ohio 56.5 1974 Miami 76.5, Ohio 68 1973 Miami 57.5, Bowling Green 47.5 1972 Bowling Green 38, Ohio 36.5 1971 Ohio 44.5, Western Michigan 39 1970 Ohio 42, Miami 36 1969 Ohio 56.5, Western Michigan 42.5 1968 Ohio 46.5, Miami 42.5 1967 Miami 49.5, Ohio 39.5 1966 Miami 48, Bowling Green 44.5