Kent State has appeared in eleven MAC Tournament championship games (tied for most appearances with Toledo), including seven in a row from 1996–2002. The original school colors, as chosen by the school's first president John Edward McGilvrey, were orange and blue, believed to have been inspired by the school colors for the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where McGilvrey had been a professor. © 2021 Kent State University All rights reserved. The head coach since August 2015 is Eric Oakley, who came to the program in 2014 as an assistant. The team has won six regular season MAC titles and 10 MAC East Division titles, the most recent in 2016, and three MAC Tournament championships, with the most recent in 2017. Athletics at Kent State began shortly after the school was first organized in 1910 and the first classes held in 1912. [34] The current coach is Brice Biggin, a Kent State alum of the men's gymnastics team who has been coach since 1992. One of the stars on this team, power forward Antonio Gates, went on to become a superstar tight end with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. The earliest athletic meeting between the two schools is a men's basketball game on February 19, 1916, in Kent, followed by a baseball game later that year, also in Kent. In 2011, Kent State had its first national champion with Dustin Kilgore at the 197-pound class. Dustin Crum (7) Quarterback - Career • Academic All-MAC (2018) 2019 Junior Season Played in thirteen games, starting 12 Threw for career high 369 yards The program has produced several pro-golfers and in 2003, former Golden Flashes standout Ben Curtis won the British Open in what ABC commentator Mike Tirico called "one of the most amazing stories in the history of the Open Championship" and the "all-time Cinderella story. Joel Nielsen is athletic director, a position he has held since May 1, 2010.[3]. 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From 1932 to 1951, Kent State competed as a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference before joining the Mid-American Conference in 1951. Find out the latest on your favorite NCAAF teams on CBSSports.com. The spring sports season features men's and women's golf, baseball, women's lacrosse, softball, and men's and women's outdoor track & field. Freshman center Kent Johnson led U-M with a goal and four assists while Michael Pastujov, Garrett Van Wyhe, Jack Becker, Matty Beniers and each scored one goal. Through a sponsorship agreement with PNC Financial Services it is known as the "PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge". Kent State has 46 assists on 89 field goals (51.7 percent) across its previous three outings while Bowling Green has assists on 30 of 70 field goals (42.9 percent) during its … Fort Collins (5A) and Battle Mountain (4A) head the preseason hockey rankings. The first use of "Golden Flashes" occurred in 1927 after it was approved by the student body and faculty athletic committee. Ohio University's Ben Vander Plas (5) dunks over Kent State players during the home game on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Athens, Ohio. It was not until 1968 that Grog, a caveman from the comic B.C. The Golden Flashes are the athletic teams that represent Kent State University. In 2008, he coached Kent State to its highest finish ever at the national level, finishing 6th in the country at the NCAA championship[22] as well as a ninth-place NCAA finish in 2000. Skip To Main Content. The most recent changes occurred in the late 1990s when women's golf and women's soccer were added as varsity sports, followed by the addition of women's lacrosse, which began play in 2019.[4]. [31] They began intercollegiate competition in 1964[32] and Mid-American Conference competition in 1981 and have enjoyed consistent success throughout their existence, which includes 11 Mid-American Conference meet championships[33] and 14 regular-season titles. The academic year is divided into three seasons, with the fall sports season typically lasting from August into December, the winter sports season going from late November into March, and the spring sports season beginning in early March and ending in June. The team has won 14 MAC titles, with the most recent in 2016, and has 12 MAC tournament titles and NCAA appearances, the most recent being in 2016. Club sports are formed by students with a common interest and desire to participate in a specific sport or activity, from competitive sports like ultimate frisbee, to recreational clubs like badminton and fencing. Since 1946, the two football teams have competed for the Wagon Wheel trophy. found a place as Kent State's mascot. Kent State has four post-season bowl game appearances: the 1954 Refrigerator Bowl, 1972 Tangerine Bowl, 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl, and 2019 Frisco Bowl. After McGilvrey's controversial firing in 1926, the new administration held a contest to choose a different team name and "Golden Flashes" was chosen, though no significance was included in the name. [23], In mid–2007, Kent State opened the Ferrara and Page Golf Training and Learning Facility located at the southern edge of the Kent State Golf Course. International atmosphere With a student body representing over 157 nationalities you can have fun on a global scale. [45] The wrestling team is currently led by head coach and Kent State alum Jim Andrassy, who has been with the team as a wrestler, graduate assistant, and assistant coach since 1990 and as head coach since 2003. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames (connected by land via High Speed 1 and the Dartford Crossing), and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the … The two schools first met in football in 1923. [16] They have seven MAC East titles, six MAC overall titles, and four MAC tournament titles. The official 2020-21 Women's Basketball Roster for the Kent State University Golden Flashes. Additionally, Kent State used to sponsor the following sports, which were eliminated over the years largely due to budget constraints:[48]. Jordan Kent begins his first season as Television Play-by-Play Broadcaster and fifth season with the Trail Blazers on the broadcasting team in 2020-21. The official 2019-20 Wrestling schedule for the Penn State University Nittany Lions Several Kent State athletic teams have enjoyed success in the Mid-American Conference and at the national level over the years and the university has produced individual national champions in both wrestling and track and field. The rivalry in men's basketball is an even closer series with Kent State leading the Zips 72–71 through the 2015–16 season. 1) leaps for a basket in a match against Kent State at the Convo on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. In the tournament they defeated seventh-seeded Oklahoma State, second-seeded Alabama, and third-seeded Pitt. Both men's and women's golf compete in tournaments around the country in both the fall and spring seasons, with MAC and NCAA championship play held in the spring season. Through 2018, they have advanced to NCAA play for 18 consecutive seasons, reaching the championship round in five of them. A committee formally set the colors as royal blue and gold in 1925. Season: Kent Bazemore (Golden State Warriors) with a 3-pointer vs the Minnesota Timberwolves, 01/27/2021 Originally published January 27, 2021, 10:03 p.m. Latest Stories Kent State and Youngstown State play regularly in men's and women's basketball, baseball, and softball, and have played periodically in football, where YSU competes in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Through the 2015 meeting, Akron leads the overall series in football 32–24–2, but Kent State leads the series since the Wagon Wheel was contested, 23–21–1. In 1998, Kent State became one of only two MAC schools (Bowling Green being the other) to complete the regular season and tournament with a perfect record, going 18-0 in the regular season and winning the conference tournament. The two are sister schools, created together by the Lowry Bill in 1910, and both have been members of the Mid-American Conference since Bowling Green joined in 1952, the season after Kent State. He has led the Flashes to 21 of their 24 MAC titles, their three regional titles, and 26 of their 28 trips to NCAA competition. Football also debuted as a sport in 1920, followed by wrestling, men's tennis, men's gymnastics, and men's swimming. The university fields 19 varsity athletic teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level with football competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Since Akron's first MAC East title in 1998, the two teams have combined for eight MAC Tournament championships, eight MAC regular-season championships, and 13 MAC East division titles. Official school colors are Kent State Blue and Kent State Gold. Once you have the gear, you will need some sporting events to wear them too. The adjacent Murphy-Mellis Field is a location for Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) field hockey tournament games and the Diamond at Dix is a regular venue for OHSAA regional softball tournament games. The facility includes a 350-yard outdoor practice range, outdoor practice tees, and outdoor short-game practice areas as well as an indoor putting and chipping area, a video analysis room, and a Science and Motion Putt lab. [27], Along with the men's team, they practice at Windmill Lakes Golf Course in Ravenna, and the Kent State Golf Course and adjacent Ferrara and Page Golf Training and Learning Facility in Franklin Township. [9], The baseball team is Kent State's second oldest sport, though it is the school's oldest intercollegiate team. [10] In 2012, the team made its first appearances in both the Super Regional round of the NCAA baseball tournament and the College World Series.[11]. [00:00] DeRidder, Drew at goalie for MSU. The school's first permanent football stadium and a new basketball gym opened in 1950. Although the team has not enjoyed many winning seasons, Kent State has sent a fair number of players to the ranks of the National Football League as well as in other areas of college football. Gold was also used with blue during the 1920s. [18] In 2001, Kent State hosted the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship at Dix Stadium, where they played their home games from 1997 through 2004. [54], Outside the Mid-American Conference, Kent State has established rivalries with the two other NCAA Division I programs in Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland State Vikings from Cleveland State University, and the Youngstown State Penguins from Youngstown State University, both members of the Horizon League. In 2011, the two schools created the Wagon Wheel Challenge, which counts all athletic contests in the 15 sports where they compete head-to-head. [5] Around this same time, the teams became known as the "Silver Foxes" because then-president John Edward McGilvrey raised silver foxes on his farm east of campus. From 1975 to 1981 the Cleveland Browns held their training camp in Kent at Kent State University. Other notable football alumni and former coaches include current ESPN analyst and former Notre Dame and South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz, former Houston Texans head coach and current Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers (graduate assistant at Kent State), former Toronto Argonauts standout Jim Corrigall (who also served as head coach at KSU) and Gary Pinkel, head coach of the Missouri Tigers from 2001 to 2015. Kent State students, faculty, staff and their spouses can get involved recreational sports, programs, and/or activities in which participants compete as teams or as individuals against other Kent State University intramural teams or individuals. [55], Flash, a golden eagle, is the mascot for the Golden Flashes. Kent State was one of only eight NCAA Division I men's basketball programs in the United States to have ten consecutive seasons with twenty or more wins. [14] Kent State also holds the MAC record for consecutive seasons with double-digit conference wins, also for ten consecutive seasons (the previous record was eight straight),[15] and in 2002 finished 17–1 in conference play, setting a MAC record for conference wins in a season. In the second game of that series, MSU defeated NMU, 3-1. [7] For 42 seasons, the team was led by legendary coach Joseph Begala, who compiled a career record of 307-69-5 and the national reputation as the "winningest wrestling coach" coaching Kent State from 1929–1942 and again from 1945 until his retirement in 1971. In addition, the rear of the facility features heated stalls which allow team members to access the driving range even during the winter months to provide year-round training for both the men's and women's teams. Kent State University has developed state-of-the-art facilities to support our student athletes. The site is dedicated to promoting the players and teams, past and present, in Massachusetts High School Hockey. The men's golf team has also finished as high as 5th nationally in 2012 to go with 6th and 9th-place finishes, while the women's golf team also claimed a 5th place finish in 2017. Although no Kent State team has won a national title in any sport, several Golden Flashes teams have placed highly in NCAA national tournaments. The Golden Flashes football team plays in the NCAA's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Kent State joined the Mid-American Conference in 1951 and Akron joined the MAC in 1992 after transitioning to Division I-A in football. Home meets are held in the MAC Center and the team practices in the MAC Gymnastics Center, an annex on the north side of the building which opened in 1979. Kent State made national headlines in the fall of 2019 when a field hockey game between Temple University and the University of Maine hosted by Kent State was cancelled early so that the Kent State football team’s homecoming game against Kennesaw State University could be opened with a firework display. † – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor. In 1971 through 1974, under head coach Don James, a western-themed horse and rider were present at all Dix Stadium games. The Kent State Athletics Ticket Office conducts ticketing for eight of the Golden Flashes varsity sports: football, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, gymnastics,wrestling, baseball and indoor track and field. You may also purchase tickets online or over the phone. The women's basketball team, which began play during the 1975–1976 season, also plays home games at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. [00:00], [00:00] DeRidder, Drew at goalie for MSU. In 2017, the Flashes finished in a tie for fifth nationally, their highest finish to date, after advancing to match play in the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships. After falling in their previous three bowl game appearances, the 2019 Frisco Bowl was the program's first bowl game victory, a 51–41 win over Utah State.[19]. From then until now, the Kent State community brings that Golden Flashes pride to every game and every team that plays for Kent State. Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties.It borders Greater London to the north-west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south-west. Skip To Main Content. The rankings, voted upon by coaches, are the official polls of the Association. The team was established in 1976 and began regular-season play in the Mid-American Conference in 1982 when the MAC added softball as a conference sport.[39][40]. Along with Grog, Raffstar and its rider were discontinued in 1974. [56] He was first created in 1985, and the current costume was designed in 1994. All of them were costumed people featuring lightning bolts.[57]. The last time Michigan State allowed nine goals or more was at Northern Michigan in a 10-4 loss on Oct. 18, 2002. A new retriever named Golden Flasher II was suggested but never became official. [00:00] DeRidder, Drew at goalie for MSU. Id First Name Last Name Class State High School Club College Division; 701: Natalie: Heshmat: 2021: MD: Winston Churchill: Washington Wolves: Saint Joseph's University Ohio guard Cece Hooks (No. The Bobcats will prevail with a winning score of 63-57. Kent State has made 12 MAC tournament title game appearances (most in conference history) and has won six (second most), along with six regular-season MAC titles and nine MAC East titles. The dog held the mascot job until 1979. [20] They practice at Windmill Lakes Golf Club in nearby Ravenna, where they occasionally host matches, and the Kent State Golf Course, located just east of campus in Franklin Township. [35], * the Ohio state championship was held prior to the Mid-American Conference adding gymnastics as a sport. 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Women's Basketball: Role players hold off Kent State in big win Women's Basketball: Takeaways from Ohio's 85-70 win over Kent State Hockey: Ohio swept in first series of the season following 4 … Both the men's and women's golf teams have been the most successful in MAC play having won the most conference titles in MAC history through 2017. Don James coached the team from 1971–1974 during the era which also saw future NFL great Jack Lambert and current Alabama head coach Nick Saban playing for the Golden Flashes and Kent State's only Mid-American Conference championship in 1972. Games in the respective conference tournaments can also factor in to which school receives the point if the teams split their regular-season meetings, with the conference tournament meeting acting as a deciding game. [28] He replaced Mike Morrow, who had coached the team from its inception. First-place votes are in parentheses. CHSAANow.com Hockey Poll. Start of 1st period [00:00]. For sports that only compete against each other as part of the conference championship meet, such as cross country, golf, and track and field, whichever team finishes higher in the championship meet is awarded the point. The Golden Flashes are the athletic teams that represent Kent State University.The university fields 19 varsity athletic teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level with football competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision.Kent State is a full member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and has been part of the MAC East division … The coach is Jeff Duncan, who was hired as coach after the 2013 season. [26] Their 18th consecutive MAC championship in 2016 set the conference record for most consecutive championships in a sport. Currently, they are coached by Bob Lindsay, who has been with Kent State for 21 seasons as of 2009–2010. Through the 2018 season, the team has 12 MAC East titles, 15 MAC regular-season titles, 11 MAC tournament titles, and 13 NCAA tournament appearances. Kent State University’s athletics program includes baseball, basketball (women’s), basketball (men’s), cross country, field hockey, football, golf (women’s), golf (men’s), gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball, wrestling. The school colors are officially defined as "Kent State blue" and "Kent State gold", which are shades of Navy blue and gold. All current teams compete in the Mid-American Conference. Since the late 1990s, both teams have been consistent contenders for the MAC East, MAC, and MAC Tournament titles, so games between the two often have implications in the conference standings or in the tournament. The horse was an Arabian named Raffstar. The sport was football. No. In addition, Antonio Gates, who played for the KSU men's basketball team, played in the NFL for 16 seasons. Behind Dix Stadium are practice fields, as well as the Kent State Field House, which contains a full indoor football field. If the teams split the season's meetings, each school gets a half-point. The men's golf team has had success both in the Mid-American Conference and at the national level, winning 26 MAC titles and making 33 appearances in the NCAA tournament, including 22 trips to the championship round and three regional championships, as of 2019. In addition to the 15 MAC titles and 13 NCAA appearances, Morrow also coached the team to 27 titles at various regular-season tournaments. The SRWC has aquatics programs, outdoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis, outdoor sand volleyball, indoor climbing walls, an indoor track and a packed schedule of fitness, dance and other classes. The official athletics website for the Kent State University Golden Flashes. The first intercollegiate athletic event, a men's basketball game, was held in January 1915 and the baseball team held their first intercollegiate game later that year. Start of 1st period [00:00]. [00:00], [00:00] Strauss Mann at goalie for UM. "[21] The team is coached by Herb Page, a Kent State alum who has been head coach since 1978. Kent State took the first four seasons of the challenge, while the Zips claimed the overall challenge in 2015–16. The first mascot was a golden retriever named Golden Flasher I, who held the position in 1955 but had to retire after a bone disease. Additionally, the men's basketball team made a notable run to the Elite Eight in 2002, the baseball team advanced to the College World Series in 2012, and the softball team qualified for the Women's College World Series in 1990. The official 2020 Football Roster for the Kent State University Golden Flashes. The Field House includes a full-size football field, a six-lane indoor track, and a weight training room named for Kent State football alumnus James Harrison. The official 2020-21 Wrestling schedule for the Penn State University Nittany Lions [29][30], First developed in 1959, the Kent State women's gymnastics team was the first women's gymnastics team at the collegiate level. Early men's athletic events, in basketball and baseball, were played against local high school, church, and company teams. MassHSHockey.com was launched by Rick Comfort in December 2008 and immediately became the official website for Massachusetts High School Hockey. [25] while 2008 saw the Flashes win two regular-season tournaments, gain a national ranking of thirteenth, and win their tenth consecutive MAC title by 51 strokes. The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is a result of the collaboration between Alumni, University Officials and the Kent State Foundation. Kent State’s own Ice Arena offers public skating, skating lessons, hockey programs, broomball and more. Coaches looking to vote should email rcasey@chsaa.org. [00:00] Strauss Mann at goalie for MICH. [00:00] Strauss Mann at goalie for MICH. Faceoff Nodler, Josh vs Johnny Beecher won by MICH. Faceoff Nodler, Josh vs Johnny Beecher won by MICH. In sports with multiple meetings per season, whichever team wins the most games takes the full point. Budget constraints and other factors led to the university dropping swimming, tennis, ice hockey, and men's soccer during the 1980s and 1990s, with ice hockey becoming a club-level sport in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I as part of the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL). A number of Golden Flashes alumni have gone on to play and coach in both college and major professional sports, such as Jack Lambert, Antonio Gates, Nick Saban, Lou Holtz, Thurmon Munson, and Emmanuel Burriss. Occasionally the three remaining Division I teams in Ohio will hold the "All-Ohio Meet". Although women's intramural athletics had been part of the university since it was first established, the first women's intercollegiate athletic team was not established until 1964 when the women's gymnastics team, the first women's collegiate gymnastics team in the U.S., began intercollegiate competition after being founded in 1959. A dedicated athletic field was built around 1920 and the school's first gymnasium opened in 1925. [41] Kent State students are admitted FREE to ALL regular season home athletic events by presenting their FLASHcard. Through the 2013 regular season, he has a record of 342-209 at Kent State. The most prominent rival for Kent State is the Akron Zips of the University of Akron, located approximately 10 miles (16 km) to the southwest of Kent in Akron, Ohio. In 1920 the first Kent State University athletics team played. The football team followed in 1920 and held their first game on October 30, a 6–0 loss to Ashland College. In fact, the 1996–2001 MAC title games all featured Kent State vs. Toledo. Follow the MN Hockey Hub for complete Star Tribune coverage of boys' high school hockey and the Minnesota state high school tournament, including scores, schedules, rankings, statistics and more. These years are displayed on a banner in the MAC Center, 2007–08 Kent State Men's Golf, pp. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) offers you state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities to play for enjoyment and to improve your game. Kent State is a full member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and has been part of the MAC East division since it was created in 1998. The mascot was short-lived, however, as it was retired in 1974. It is conveniently located in downtown Kent, adjacent to the Kent Campus, providing access to nearby restaurants, boutique shops, galleries and campus events. 2020 season schedule, scores, stats, and highlights. In 1977, another golden retriever became the mascot, this time named Mac the Flash. Cheer on the Golden Flashes at the many athletics events hosted throughout the year. Full Bio. Follow Intercollegiate Athletics and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates, and keep track of Kent State events using the Athletics Event Calendar. The team is coached by Greg Robertson, who began his tenure in June 2013. [43] More recently, the Flashes have again received national attention appearing in the national top-25 rankings in each of the past three seasons[44] and began the 2008–2009 season ranked 23rd. Additional women's sports, including swimming, field hockey, basketball, and volleyball, were added as varsity sports in the mid-1970s following the passage and implementation of Title IX. [38], The softball team plays its home games at the Diamond at Dix, adjacent to Dix Stadium. Jayson Oweh (28) DE - 2020 • REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named to the Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week following the Indiana (10/24) game. After decades of near anonymity, since 1998 the team has been one of the most consistent in the Mid-American Conference with a league record ten straight twenty-win seasons from the 1998–99 season through the 2007–08 season (the previous record was five straight). Prior to the start of the 2009–2010 season, Kent State had an overall record of 535-387 and a MAC record of 280-179.[16]. The official Football page for the Kent State University Golden Flashes. 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