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Athletic Points of Pride

Since 2014, Kent State's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has received 22 conference awards, 26 team awards, 59 individual awards and 13 academic awards. They have received the coveted Cartwright Award honor three times in the last seven years.

  • Learfield Director's Cups Standings: ranked 75th among 351 NCAA Division I schools
  • Our famous alumni athletes include Josh Cribbs, Ben Curtis, Julian Edelman, Thurman Munson and Nick Saban
  • The university’s school mascot is Flash, the golden eagle
Softball team celebrating
  • 8 men's teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track & field and wrestling
  • 11 women's teams: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, indoor track and field, outdoor track & field and volleyball
  • There are 450+ student athletes
  • Record-high 95 student-athletes boasted a 4.0 GPA
  • 83 Individual Athlete Awards: All-American and Player of the Year
  • 33 Team Awards: NCAA appearances and MAC Tournament Titles
  • 27+ Academic Awards: Academic All-Americans and the NCAA Recognition of Academic Distinction

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Our famous alumni athletes include Josh Cribbs, Ben CurtisJulian Edelman, Thurman Munson and Nick Saban.

  Sport Name Notability
  Football Joe Barbee Professional football player in the American Football League
  Baseball Emmanuel Burriss Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a second baseman
  Baseball Chris Carpenter Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball
  Baseball Dain Clay Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball
  Baseball Matt Guerrier Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher
  Baseball Mike Gulan Former professional baseball in Major League Baseball as a third-baseman
  Baseball Dirk Hayhurst Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball, currently for the Toronto Blue Jays as a pitcher
  Baseball Dustin Hermanson Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher[14]
  Baseball Eric Lauer Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball
  Baseball Gene Michael Professional baseball player, manager, and scout in Major League Baseball
  Baseball Travis Miller Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher
  Baseball Thurman Munson Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball with the New York YankeesRookie of the Year, and MVPwinner
  Baseball Rich Rollins Former professional baseball third-baseman in Major League Baseball 1961-1970
  Baseball Justine Siegal First female coach in Major League Baseball
  Baseball Andy Sonnanstine Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher
  Baseball Steve Stone Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher, winner of the Cy Young Award, sportscaster
  Baseball Scott Stricklin Professional baseball player, head coach for the Kent State baseball team from 2005–2013
  Baseball Larry Sudbrook College baseball coach at St. Bonaventure
  Baseball Jeff Tabaka Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher, 1994-2001
  Baseball John Van Benschoten Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher
  Basketball John Edwards Professional basketball player in the NBA and NBDL
  Basketball Al Fisher 2008 Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
  Basketball Joe McKeown Women's college basketball coach
  Basketball Dan Peters College basketball head and assistant coach
  Basketball Nate Reinking Professional basketball player in the British Basketball League, 1996–2012; member of the Great Britain national basketball team from 2005–12
  Basketball Jim Zoet Professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association, 1982-1983
  Football Willie Asbury Professional football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League 1966-1968
  Football Eugene Baker Professional football player in the National Football League
  Football Brian Bell Professional football player in the National Football League
  Football Cedric Brown Professional football player in the National Football League 1976-1984
  Football Jim Corrigall Professional football player in the Canadian Football League as a defensive end, member of Canadian Football Hall of Fame, former KSU head football coach
  Football Joshua Cribbs Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Jose Davis Professional football player in the NFL and the Arena Football League
  Football Julian Edelman Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Abram Elam Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Colin Ferrell Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Antonio Gates Professional football player in the NFL as a tight end
  Football Dan Goodspeed Professional football player in the NFL, XFL, and Canadian Football League
  Football Bob Hallen Former professional football player in the NFL[45]
  Football James Harrison Professional football player in the NFL as a linebacker
  Football Keno Hills Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Lou Holtz College football coach, television sportscaster
  Football Van Jakes Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Ishmaa'ily Kitchen Professional football player in the NFL[57]
  Football Jack Lambert Professional football player in the NFL as a linebacker and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  Football Jack Lengyel College football coach and athletics administrator; coached at Marshall University following the crash in 1970 that killed most of the team
  Football Ben McDaniels Assistant coach in the NFL
  Football Mike "Scooter" McGruder Professional football player in the NFL, 1989-1997
  Football Jay McNeil Former professional football player in the CFL, 1994-2007
  Football Tony Martino Professional football player in the CFL, 1988-2002
  Football John Matsko Coach in the National Football League
  Football Pete Mikolajewski Professional football player in the AFL
  Football Daniel Muir Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Rico Murray Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Don Nehlen Former head football coach at Bowling Green State University and West Virginia University; member of College Football Hall of Fame
  Football Don Nottingham Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Luke Owens Professional football player in the NFL, 1957-1965
  Football Augustus Parrish Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Gary Pinkel Head football coach at the University of Missouri
  Football Nick Saban College football and NFL head coach
  Football Abdul Salaam
(Larry Faulk)
Professional football player in the NFL, 1976-1983
  Football O. J. Santiago Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Wayne Shaw Professional football player in the CFL
  Football Timothy Starks Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Ken Walter Professional football player in the NFL, 1997-2006
  Football Paul Warfield Professional football player in the NFL and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  Football Henry Waszczuk Professional football player in the CFL, 1975-1984
  Football Bert Weidner Professional football player in the NFL, 1990-1995
  Football Eric Wilkerson Professional football player
  Football Jack Williams Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Brian Winters Professional football player in the NFL
  Football Usama Young Professional football player in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns
  Football Steve Zahursky Professional football player in the NFL, 1998-2001
  Golf Ben Curtis Professional golfer, 2003 British Open champion
  Golf Bryan DeCorso Canadian professional golfer
  Golf Jan Dowling Head women's golf coach at the University of Florida, Canadian former professional golfer
  Golf Mackenzie Hughes Professional golfer in the PGA Tour
  Golf Jon Mills Canadian professional golfer
  Golf Ryan Yip Canadian professional golfer
  Gymnastics Betty-Jean Maycock U.S. Olympian gymnast in 1960
  Ice Hockey Dean Sylvester Professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League 1995-2001
  Olympics, Football Gerald Tinker Member of gold-medal 4 x 100 meter relay team in 1972 Summer Olympics; professional football player in the NFL, 1974-1975
  Softball Emma Johnson National Pro Fastpitch pitcher
  Track and field Thomas Jefferson Bronze medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics[55]
  Women's basketball Brenda Frese Head coach for the Maryland Terrapins women's basketball program