Kent State’s Stephanie Haugh Named the MAC’s 2015 Bob James Award Winner

Photo of Stephanie HaughStephanie Haugh of Kent State University’s women’s soccer team has been named the female recipient of the 2015 Bob James Memorial Award by the Mid-American Conference Faculty Athletics Representatives. The announcement was made by the league office today.

In its 27th year, the Bob James Memorial Award recognizes one female and one male student-athlete who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.50 and have displayed good character, leadership and citizenship. The student-athletes are nominated during the year in which they complete their final season of eligibility. The $5,000 post-graduate scholarship is awarded in honor Bob James, the second commissioner in Mid-American Conference (MAC) history (1964-71). Dustin Page of Northern Illinois University’s men’s soccer team is this year’s male student-athlete recipient.

Haugh graduated from Kent State in May 2015 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree as a double major in psychology, as well as criminology and justice studies with a concentration in justice and human relations. She was on the Dean’s List all eight semesters and the President’s List on multiple occasions and finished graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 3.967 GPA. Haugh was a three-time Academic All-MAC selection (2012, 2013, 2014) and earned the MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award in 2013 and 2014. She also was a three-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District selection (2012, 2013, 2014).

As a forward on the Kent State soccer team, Haugh was a four-year letter winner (2011-14) and competed in all 80 contests (78 starts) during her collegiate career. She was chosen to the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2011 after recording six goals (including three game-winners) in her first season with the Kent State Golden Flashes. As a sophomore, Haugh made Second-Team All-MAC after finishing with 23 points on six goals and a team-high 11 assists, which ranked 13th in all of NCAA Division I. In her third season with Kent State, Haugh earned Third-Team recognition on the OSCA All-Academic Team and led the team with six assists to go along with three goals. Haugh then wrapped up her senior year by finishing tied for first on the team in assists (6), while finishing second in points (14) and goals (4).

Off the pitch, Haugh spent two years in the Kent State labs taking part in both data entry and proctoring responsibilities while gaining knowledge on the importance of MMPI, MMPI-2, court evaluation and other clinical assessment topics. A semester of her time also was used to conduct research on schizophrenia.

A native of Richmond, Hill, Ontario, Haugh will pursue a master's degree in general psychology from Western Carolina University beginning fall 2015.

For more information about the MAC’s Bob James Memorial Award, including past recipients, visit

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Kent State women’s soccer player Stephanie Haugh keeps the ball away from a Western Illinois player during the 2014 season. Haugh has been awarded the 2015 Bob James Memorial Award by the Mid-American Conference. 

POSTED: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:27am
UPDATED: Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:05pm
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