If I told you that better than half of all student-athletes at THE Ohio State University wound up on the school’s honor roll, I am sure you would ask me what exactly those honor roll standards are.
As a whole, the entire student-athletic body achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.07 at years end after a 3.04 at spring quarter’s end.
There are 950 plus students at tOSU and 548 of them landed on the Ohio State Scholar Athlete Honor Roll. 51 of the 548 achieved a 4.0 GPA during the spring quarter and 25 athletic teams had a GPA of 3.0 or greater during the same period.
The standards are very simple, achieve a cumulative individual GPA of 3.0 while competing at the highest level of collegiate sports.
Ohio State announced back on May 15 that they were not renewing the contract of head coach Linda Kalafatis. She spent the past 16 seasons at the helm bringing a lot of things to the program. Her overall record at Ohio State was 538-358 while leading the team to 30 win seasons in 10 of the 16 years. The Buckeyes made 6 NCAA tournament berths during her tenure including a first-ever appearance for Ohio State in the Super Regionals. In 2007, Kalafatis’ Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship and she was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Her 800 career wins landed her the top 25 of active coaches in 2012.
With all the great things that Kalafatis brought to the program, one may ask, “Why on Earth would Ohio State NOT renew her contract?” The overall body of her work looks great but I’m going to take a deeper look into some that may OR may not have led to Ohio State’s search for a new softball coach.
First of all, the competition in softball is getting fierce. While the Pac-12, the Big 12, and the Western coast still dominate NCAA softball, the East coast is starting to show some fight. Until 2012, there had only been one team east of the Mississippi to win the NCAA World Series and that honor belonged to the Big Ten’s own Michigan Wolverines. Alabama’s Championship win over Oklahoma this year changed things dramatically. Simply being average in the Big Ten and occasionally making a NCAA tournament appearance isn’t enough anymore. Read More
The 2012 softball season has been a season of ups and downs for Ohio State. On a team that only has four seniors on the roster, it is something to be expected. The young Lady Bucks have looked to seniors Mikayla Endicott (P), Alicia Herron (SS), Katie Simonton (OF), and Vanessa Spears (OF) for leadership throughout and, for the most part, that’s exactly what they are getting.
The Buckeyes opened up their season in Clermont, FL for the Dot Richardson NTC tournament. Things didn’t start the way Ohio State was hoping but, as with any young team, it was a valuable learning experience. The Bucks started the season 2-4 with the only two victories coming from sophomore pitcher Melanie Nichols. Nichols yielded 7 runs in the two wins but the offense scored her 16 which can definitely help a young pitcher’s confidence. Endicott’s leadership proved valuable as well, by picking up a save in one of the victories.
Following the tournament the Buckeyes were able to rip of 5 straight victories, finally getting some steady play from the offense lead by Herron’s 8 RBI’s during the span. The Bucks managed to outscore their 5 opponents 29-13, made possible by solid pitching efforts from Endicott and Nichols, which included a one hit complete-game shut-out by Endicott over Fresno State.