Ohio Athletics Releases 2013-14 Annual Report

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Ohio Athletics released its 2013-14 Annual Report on Thursday. The 16-page document highlights the program’s athletic, academic and financial successes of the past year.

For the fifth-straight season, both football and men’s basketball played in postseason competition..

The football team earned an invitation to the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. It was Ohio’s eighth bowl trip all-time.

Several Bobcats earned a roster spot with NFL teams this spring. Cornerback Travis Carrie was selected in the third round by the Oakland Raiders.

Men’s basketball won 20 or more games for the third straight season. The squad won two games in the Tournament.

Ohio’s senior class became the all-time winningest class in program history with 97 victories. Nick Kellogg finished his career with 290 3-pointers – the most in Mid-American Conference history.

The two teams tallied their highest ticket revenue in team history. Games against Marshall and Central Michigan ranked first and second as the highest revenue-generating games in Ohio football history.  Ohio’s matchup with Northern Iowa on the hardwood generated the highest revenue in the program’s existence.

Both teams combined to set the record for most revenue in a single season in the history of the MAC, and led the conference in home attendance for the second straight year

All Ohio football games were seen on the ESPN Family of Networks for the first time. 15 Bobcat basketball games were televised nationally.

Across all 16 varsity sports, Ohio earned two Mid-American Conference team championships and eight individual titles. Volleyball and softball were crowned MAC Champions and earned spots in NCAA tournament play. Individually, Ohio Athletics claimed conference titles in wrestling, cross country, outdoor track and field and swimming and diving.

Volleyball went 27-6 with a 14-2 conference to claim its eighth MAC regular season title. The team swept their competition in the MAC Tournament and earned their ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament

Softball grabbed its first MAC Tournament title in program history after sweeping its competition in four games. The team won 32 games and qualified for the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1995. Pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey led the charge all year for the Bobcats. She set the single-season records for wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and complete games. She capped off her breakout season with a perfect game against Ball State in the MAC Tournament.

On the mats, wrestling sent six grapplers – the most in program history – to the 2014 NCAA Championships. Heavyweight Jeremy Johnson earned his second All-American honors. 174-pounder Cody Walters and Johnson advanced to the national tournament after winning their respective weight classes at the MAC Championships.

Runner Juli Accurso finished a record-breaking career for the Bobcats. In cross country she became the first runner in MAC history to win three straight conference titles. She also claimed her second straight NCAA Great Lakes Regional title en route to earning a spot in the 2013 NCAA Championship. Accurso shined just as bright on the track. She was named the MAC Most Outstanding Track performer in outdoor completion after securing both the 5,000m and 10,000m titles. Her 34:32:59 time in the 10,000m is a MAC record.

Swimmer Addie Ferguson won the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly at the MAC Championships and qualified for nationals. Morgan Srail took the MAC’s three-meter dive title.

For their hard work in the classroom, Ohio student-athletes earned 34 spots on Academic All-MAC teams, with many more garnering Honorable Mention.

Bobcat wrestling proved its mental strength with the 11th best team GPA in Division I.

Student-athletes earned combined GPA totals over 3.0 in both semesters, with 118 and 109 student-athletes named to the Dean’s list in the fall and spring, respectively.

NCAA Academic Progress Rates for the 2012-13 period were also highlighted in the report.

Volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, soccer and softball posted perfect scores of 1,000. 12 sports currently carry a multi-year APR rate of 970 or above. Softball and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field posted their best scores yet.               

The fall athletics season gets underway on Aug. 14. Women’s soccer will take on UNC Greensboro at home. Volleyball and football start their seasons on the road on Aug. 30. Volleyball takes on Hawaii and the football team matches up with the Kent State Golden Flashes.