100 Buckeyes You Should Know
Each week, OhioStateBuckeyes.com/100 will feature two current or former Buckeyes, whether student-athletes, coaches or administrators, who not only produced exceptional careers at Ohio State, but also have made an impact in their community.
Men's Lacrosse (2001-04)
Greg Bice, a standout on the lacrosse field both in the collegiate and professional ranks, is just as outstanding away from the field. He dedicates much of his time and expertise into helping others, often parlaying his lacrosse knowledge into improving the world around him.
Bice is on the board of Lacrosse the Nations, an organization founded to improve education and health, while creating hope and opportunity, for children in need across the globe, with the pilot program in Managua, Nicaragua. Bice and his wife, Emily, spent two years as a missionary teacher at Maranatha Adventist Bilingual School in Comayagua, Honduras. He is a two-time recipient of Major League Lacrosse's Sportsman of the Year Award, honored in both 2007 and 2011. He is a co-founder of Resolute Lacrosse with his Buckeye teammate Anthony Kelly, a company in Columbus that hosts position clinics, training sessions, individual lessons, coaching clinics and camps in Columbus and aims to teach children life lessons through sport.
Bice, a Buckeye from 2001-04, was the 2004 Great Western Lacrosse League co-Player of the Year and was a three-time first team all-league selection. He earned second team All-America honors as a senior, the first Buckeye named to the first or second team in more than 30 years, and was an honorable mention All-America pick in 2003. He played in the North/South All-Star Game and served as team captain in 2004 when the Buckeyes played in the NCAA tournament for the second-consecutive season. He has played in Major League Lacrosse since graduation and has been a league all-star and team captain. Bice is on the roster of the Columbus Machine, an expansion team that begins play this year.
He earned his degree in welding engineering and received his MBA from The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business in 2011.
Women's Lacrosse (2000-03)
Kimberly hails from Philadelphia, Pa., but since her arrival to The Ohio State University campus in 2000, has remained a loyal Buckeye ever since. Currently, the director of Alumni Clubs for The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc., Lowe oversees more than 200 global constituent groups with approximately 3,000 volunteers, all in an effort to globally grow Buckeye Nation.
Despite her busy professional schedule, Lowe is active in the Central Ohio community, coaching youth and high school girl's lacrosse and remains active in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s, community-service initiatives.
Lowe, who earned her bachelor's degree in African American Studies and Master's Degree in Sports Administration, in 2003 and 2006, respectively, was an All-American and all-conference recipient.
Women's Track (1977-80)
Hurdler Stephanie Hightower was a four-time All-American and 15-time Big Ten Champion when she lettered at Ohio State from 1977-80. Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993, Hightower went undefeated in four years of Big Ten competition en route to her conference, NCAA and national titles. Additionally, Hightower held 11 Big Ten and Ohio State records and set a world record in the 60-yard hurdles before being named to the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team in the 100m hurdles.
Following her track career, Hightower has maintained an illustrious professional career that has included a number of leadership roles in the Columbus community. In 2011, Hightower was named president and CEO of the Columbus Urban League and prior to that position was vice president for Institutional Advancement at Columbus College of Art and Design. Additionally, Hightower served on the Columbus City School Board for eight years.
Maintaining an active role in U.S. Track and Field, Hightower was named president in 2008 and was the team leader for the U.S. Track and Field team at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Hightower graduated from Ohio State in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in communication.
After his impressive collegiate career, Sabol founded Blair Motion Pictures, which would later become NFL Films. Behind his creative and pioneering genius, Sabol helped change the National Football League's filming techniques. In an effort to tell the story of NFL coaches and players, Sabol employed distinctive filming methods that would help fans feel a part of the game atmosphere. After NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle granted Sabol the television rights, Sabol soon began the process to shoot the championship game between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants in 1962. (Barall, Andy. "Ed Sabol for the Hall of Fame." New York Times 4 March 2011, 15 April 2012
Because of his impact on the NFL, Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last summer in Canton, Ohio.
Women's Track and Cross Country (1977-80)
Susan Mallery competed on the track and field and cross country teams before the introduction of the NCAA championships. However, she did participate in events run by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), the NCAA championships predecessor. Mallery garnered three Top 10 finishes at the AIAW nationals, including eighth-place finishes in the 2-mile (10:40) and the first AIAW cross country meet (17:46) in 1975. During her junior season, she finished fourth in the 2-mile in the Madison Square Garden Invitational in New York City, competing among an elite field of runners. At the inaugural Women's Big Ten Track and Field Championships in 1976, Mallery finished second in the 3-mile. She was selected the co-captain (track) and captain (cross country) during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Mallery won the women's division of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C., in 1976 and '77 with times of 2 hours, 54 minutes that ranked her among the Top 20 women in the world. Mallery was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
Following her collegiate athletics career, Mallery has served The Ohio State University community as a professor in the College of Dentistry as well as an oral pathology consultant for the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center. In more than 30 years of tirelessly researching methods to prevent oral cancer, Mallery and a team of pharmaceutical chemists and investigators are currently on the path to a breakthrough treatment for oral cancer. Courtesy of a 2009 fund by The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), Mallery and her team are continuing efforts on developing a process of treating precancerous lesions located directly in the mouth and preventing cancer relapses.
Source: The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science and www.news-medical.net
Head Coach (Gymnastics and Pistol)
James Sweeney has been involved in shooting sports for more than 30 years. He is an active competitor and besides college coaching, directs the State of Ohio International Pistol Championships as well as leagues in air gun, action pistol and bulls eye.
Sweeney served as interim coach for the Ohio State Pistol Team in 1986 and 1987, taking the team to nationals both years. In 1999-2000, his first as head coach, the Buckeyes captured the National Collegiate Championships as well as winning national team titles in free pistol, standard pistol, women's air and sport pistol. Last season his women's team won the National Collegiate Championship for the third time in six years and Sweeney was named the NRA Distinguished Coach of the Year at the Championship.
Sweeney is a retired professor of sports pedagogy from The Ohio State University, working in the area of teacher preparation for most of his professional career while teaching college classes in rifle, pistol, archery, bicycling and backpacking. He was the OSU men's varsity assistant gymnastics coach from 1960 to 1962; the men's varsity gymnastics head coach at Washington State University from 1962 to 1966 and the men's varsity gymnastics head coach at Ohio State from 1966 to 1977 where he was honored as the NCAA Mid-East Coach of the Year in 1968.
Sweeney earned his B.S. from Ohio State in 1957 in physical education. After graduation he taught and coached in Erie, Mich. for the Mason Consolidated Schools. He returned to Ohio State in 1960 as an instructor and earned his master's degree in Curriculum Design that year. From 1962 to 1966 he was an assistant professor at Washington State University. During the summers he returned to Columbus and received his Ph.D. in sport pedagogy with a minor in educational psychology. He returned to Ohio State in 1966 as an assistant professor and became an associate professor in 1979. Sweeney retired in 1994 but continues to teach with emeritus status.
One of Sweeney's greatest sources of pride is coaching three Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winners in two different sports at Ohio State: Bruce Trott in gymnastics and Laura Murray and Jessica Marshall in pistol.
Selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 16th overall pick of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft, former Buckeye Nick Swisher also spent time with the White Sox before heading to his current home with the New York Yankees where he was a part of the 2009 World Champion team and named an American League All-Star the following season. Heading into this season, the Columbus native has seen action in 1,061 games and has amassed 185 home runs.
The Ohio State baseball program honored Nick Swisher with a field dedication ceremony Nov. 3 at the newly-renovated Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
In addition to his commitment on the field and with his alma mater, Swisher has done a great amount of work with those less fortunate. In 2011, Swisher released a music album titled "Believe" where a percentage of the proceeds benefit his charity, Swish's Wishes, which benefits children facing health crises.
Men's Gymnastics (1996-1999)
Michael Canales was a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes and was a member of the 1996 NCAA Champion squad and the 1996 and 1997 Big Ten Champion teams. Canales was a CGA Academic All-American in 1998, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (1997-1999) and a four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete (1996-1999).
In addition to his work in the gym with his alma mater, Canales is currently the chief resident at Saint Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in advanced podiatric medicine and surgery, providing complete medical and surgical care for injuries and conditions of the foot and ankle. Canales, who graduated from Ohio State with a degree in molecular genetics, has co-authored several published works and serves as a national speaker on numerous podiatric medicine and surgery topics.
In addition, Canales is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Ohio Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
"Things that are worth accomplishing are not achieved without struggle. Gymnastics provided me with a positive outlet of energy from my academic routine. At Ohio State, the impressive athletic legacy is equally matched with impressive academic programs."
Women's Tennis (1997-01)
A four-time member of the All-Big Ten team and the first Buckeye to be named an All-American in singles competition, Kristy Dascoli rewrote the Ohio State record books during her time as a Buckeye. She was named the team's most valuable player four times and was the conference's first back-to-back recipient of the Big Ten Player of the Year award. Dascoli won 31 singles matches as a senior in 2001 to set the OSU single-season record. She was the first Buckeye to qualify for the NCAA singles championship and appeared in both the singles and doubles tournaments all four years. As a senior, Dascoli reached the national quarterfinals in both singles and doubles, earning All-America accolades. Dascoli, who played at No. 1 singles and doubles throughout her career, still holds the Ohio State career record for the most singles wins with 104. She was named the Tennis Player of the Century at Ohio State. Dascoli later was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007 before earning her PhD in family therapy in June 2011.
A Big Ten champion at 123 pounds in 1960 and subsequently the conference championship's Most Outstanding Wrestler, David Camaione finished his three-year career with a 41-9 record and a .820 winning percentage, ninth-best all-time at Ohio State. A two-time team captain his junior and senior seasons, Camaione led the Buckeyes in wins in each of his three seasons, recording at least 10 victories each year. He also was considered a Top 2 wrestler for his weight class by Amateur Wrestling News during his senior campaign. Camaione, who was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, went on to become a professor of sport, leisure and exercise science and has written multiple books on the science of wrestling.
Aris W. Franklin
Franklin graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in biological sciences in 1944 before earning his medical degree in 1948. The Chief of Residents at The Ohio State University Medical Center, now the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University, in 1951 and 1952, Franklin is an emeritus at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.
Residing in Bath, Ohio, Franklin helped pioneer diagnostic imaging at Akron General Hospital (1957-2002). Having produced several published works, Franklin was a diplomat for the American Board of Radiology and was a member of the Summit County Medical Society Executive Board for 30 years and member of the Summit County Advisory Committee. The WRH Health System's Aris W. Franklin, M.D. Imaging Center, the first to use all-digital imaging in Northeast Ohio, was named in honor of Franklin. In all, Franklin was a three-time Chief of Staff at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital; Head of Radiology at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital for 57 years and a 30-year member of the Wadsworth Trustee Board.
Franklin has been active in the community as well. He was named to the Akron Public School Board in 1957 and served in that capacity for 12 years and was voted president of the Akron Public School Board two times.
Finally, Franklin served in the United States Navy from 1952-54, working in the medical services department. His Tours of Duty included locations in the Mediterranean, as well as Memphis, Tenn., and Philadelphia, Pa., area hospitals. A contributor to the Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital Foundation, Franklin also is a contributor to the Akron Art Museum.
Men's Soccer (2001)
Connor Senn joined the Ohio State men's soccer team as a walk on in 2001. Senn earned a spot as a rookie starter on a veteran Buckeye roster through his hard work and perseverance.
On Sept. 26, 2001, Senn collapsed during the second half of Ohio State's match at the University of Akron and died later that evening from a congenital heart defect.
Since then, Senn's memory and work ethic have been honored through The Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is endowed by the annual Connor Senn Memorial Soccer Game between the Ohio State soccer team and Columbus Crew (MLS), the Connor Senn Ohio State Soccer Camp and the Ohio State Men's Soccer Alumni and Friends Golf Outing.
This past May, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Services at The Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University held the Connor Senn Memorial Symposium on Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes. The symposium was devoted to educating the medical community about sudden cardiac death in athletes.
Ryan Miller has given the Buckeyes a lot to be proud of, on and off the field. As starting linebacker for the Ohio State football team, Miller was named co-Defensive Player of the year in his senior season and helped the Buckeyes clinch a 1997 Rose Bowl victory.
In 1999, Miller and his former Buckeye football teammates Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel started the 2nd & 7 Foundation to promote children's literacy. Inspired by their own volunteer work as student-athletes at Ohio State, the three held a football camp to raise money for the program that provides books to Central Ohio second graders. Today the program involves not only Ohio State student-athletes, but many collegiate programs throughout the country.
Ryan, who graduated with a degree in economics and holds an MBA from Ohio State's Fisher College of Business, is currently the co-owner of m2 marketing, LLC and President of 2nd & 7.
Men's Swimming (2008-2011)
To former Buckeye swimmer Ben Savonen, water means much more than swimming. As a student-athlete at Ohio State, Savonen was shocked when he discovered that 1.1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water every day. The Buckeye team captain, known for his hard work ethic, decided to make a difference.
Partnering with Thirst Relief International, a non-profit organization originating in Lewis Center, Ohio, whose mission is to save lives through safe drinking water, Savonen organized the day-long relay race he called "Water to Water" to raise funds and awareness. With the help of his teammates, Savonen raised thousands of dollars to help the Thirst Relief project in Cameroon.
Ben graduated from Ohio State with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Following graduation, Savonen, a Carleton, Mich., native, attended graduate school at Michigan Tech University, studying in its Peace Corps engineering program.
Men's Basketball (2006-2010)
A former men's basketball walk-on, Mark Titus became famous for his blog "Club Trillion," which chronicled his experience on the team. A self-proclaimed 'benchwarmer,' Titus used his growing fan base to give back.
Titus partnered with nonprofit A Kid Again, which exists to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses. Having volunteered with the organization as a student-athlete, Titus hand-selected the organization to receive all the proceeds from Club Trillion t-shirts sold.
Mark Titus graduated from Ohio State in 2010. His blog has more than 4 million views to date and he has been featured in the New York Times, ESPN.com, Yahoo.com, the Associated Press, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He is also the author of Don't Put Me In, Coach.
Women's Basketball (1992-95)
Alysiah Bond has cultivated an impressive professional career since graduating from Ohio State with a degree in marketing in 1995. The former Buckeye point guard not only has worked extensively with women's college basketball as well as USA Basketball, but has proven talents as a radio broadcaster and television sports anchor, reporter and producer.
The two-time Ohio State team captain, who helped guide the Scarlet and Gray to the 1993 NCAA Championship Game, served as a color analyst for Buckeye women's basketball games for WOSU Radio in 2003-04. Following an inclusive television and radio career, Bond has worked on the basketball staffs at Arizona, University of Central Florida, Murray State, Tennessee State and Tennessee and was the Director of Special Programs for USA Basketball.
Currently Bond has just completed her first season as an assistant coach at Wisconsin.
Men's Gymnastics (1998-2001)
Jamie Natalie, a two-time Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year and Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee (2010), won three NCAA individual titles during his time at Ohio State, claiming the all-around crown in both 2000 and '01 and winning floor exercise in 2000. He earned seven All-America honors during his career, finishing in the Top 8 at the NCAA championships on four events as well as in the all-around. Natalie, a three-time first team All-Big Ten choice, was a three-time Big Ten champion (2000 - floor exercise, 2001 - all-around and horizontal bar) and was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year in 2001. He led the Buckeyes to NCAA and Big Ten titles during 2001 en route to winning the Nissen-Emery Award given to the most outstanding senior gymnast in the country. Natalie was an alternate for the 2000 United States Olympic Team and won the U.S. national high bar title in 1999 and 2000. Natalie was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and GCA Academic All-American Scholar-Athlete, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and the recipient of the 2001 Big Ten Medal of Honor as the top male senior student-athlete at Ohio State. Also 2010 inductee into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, Natalie finished a residency at Ohio State in physical medicine and rehabilitation, worked at Chillicothe Veterans Hospital and currently works in Orthopedic Surgery at OSU Sports Medicine in Columbus.
Men's Basketball 1998-00
Michael Redd, the 1998 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, was a three-time Ohio State MVP, an All-Big Ten selection and a four-time Big Ten Player of the Week recipient. Redd, who averaged 35.1 minutes a game, ended his career fifth in program history in scoring with 1,879 points and is third in the Ohio State record book for career points in the NCAA tournament (133). A captain in 2000, Redd was drafted in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was an NBA All-Star in 2004 and a five-time Bucks MVP. Redd set an NBA record for most three-point field goals made in one quarter with eight set in the fourth period vs. the Houston Rockets in 2002 en route to a season-high 29 points. He also is ranked in the Top 5 in all-time points scored for the Bucks.
In 2008, Redd competed with the gold medal U.S. Olympic Team in Beijing, where he played in all eight games for the U.S. squad and is the third Buckeye to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport of men's basketball. (Jerry Lucas was the first in 1960 and Bill Hosket did so with the 1968 U.S. national team.) A Columbus native who now plays for the Phoenix Suns, Redd was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.
Redd and his wife, Achea reside in Columbus, where the Michael Redd Foundation is based. Created with Achea, The Michael Redd Foundation aims at "Advancing a Culture of Achievement."
Men's Swimming 1943, 1947-49
Four-time All-American William "Bill" Smith had one of the most storied swimming careers in collegiate, U.S. and international history. Before traveling to Columbus, Ohio, from Honolulu, Hawaii, Smith began his illustrious career at the Waikiki Natatorium when he was 15 years old in 1939. After finishing second at the 1940 national championships in California, Smith enrolled at The Ohio State University in 1943. As a Buckeye, Smith set seven world records and won 14 national titles, including seven NCAA, six NAAU indoor and one NAAU outdoor crowns. Additionally, Smith was a three-time Big Ten champion and posted an undefeated record in four years of dual-meet competition.
Smith won a pair of gold medals at the 1948 Olympic Games in the 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay - sixty-four years since the last time London hosted a Summer Olympics. During his career, Smith held eight world records and 12 national records in the freestyle.
At the conclusion of his competitive swimming career, Smith returned to Honolulu where he first worked as the head director of the lifeguard program for the city and county of Honolulu. He then coached the K-Bay Swim Club at the Kaneohe Marine Air Station in the early 1970s. Not long after, Smith began coaching the Kamehameha Swim Club for nearly 20 years.
A 1977 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Smith also was inducted into the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame in 2002 and was later recognized by The Senate State of Hawaii in 2005 for his contributions to the sport of swimming.
Some information courtesy of Clyde Matsusaka of the Hawaii Swimming and Diving Legacy Project
Harry Dwight Steele
Jack Nicklaus is considered by many to be "the greatest golfer ever to play the game." Nicklaus began his fabled career at Ohio State by winning the 1961 NCAA and Big Ten Championships. He also was the 1959 and 1961 US Amateur Champion. A 1977 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Nicklaus left Ohio State after only two years to pursue an incredible and long career on the PGA Tour. The five-time PGA Player of the Year won an unprecedented 20 Major Championships, including six wins at the Masters.
Nicklaus and his wife Barbara have a long history of commitment to the community. As recently as 2012, Nicklaus and Barbara were inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walter International Pediatric Hall of Fame because of their support of pediatric health-care services around the country. Through the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, the pair has helped raise more than $20 million in six short years. Within the golf community, Nicklaus is the chair of The First Tee program's "More Than A Game" capital campaign, a character-building charitable organization.
Some information courtesy of Nicklaus.com.
Considered to be among the "Big Three" (The other two were Thomas Ewing French and George W. Rightmire) in the transition of Ohio State as the leading member of the Ohio Conference to the "baby" of the Western Conference, which would later be known as the Big Ten Conference was Lynn Wilbur St. John.
A Buckeye student-athlete, St. John was a freshman halfback for the football team in 1900, but soon had to drop out of school following the death of his father. During the next few years, St. John coached at Fostoria High School, the College of Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan. While coaching at Ohio Wesleyan, St. John also was attending medical school at Starling-Ohio Medical College in Columbus.
St. John returned to the Ohio State campus in the fall of 1912 working in a variety of capacities, including football line coach, head basketball and baseball coach and athletic business manager. About a year later, St. John was promoted to athletics director when John R. Richards retired. There is evidence the Athletic Board did not consult St. John about the move to the position, but simply promoted him and informed him later. The promotion proved to be monumental as St. John's 34 years as Director of Athletics were a period in which Ohio Stadium was built, the Scarlet and Gray golf courses were established and Ohio State athletics rose to national prominence. St. John was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977 as he is considered by many the greatest single force in building the tradition of excellence in athletics at The Ohio State University.
Women's Volleyball (1991-1994)
Named national player of the year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in 1994, Laura Davis, a Wheaton, Ill., native, was a two-time first-team All-American. Earning All-Big Ten honors all four years of her collegiate career, Davis helped the Buckeyes amass a 104-22 record. Additionally, under Davis' leadership, the Scarlet and Gray advanced to the NCAA national semifinals twice. Davis finished her career with Ohio State as the program's leader in career assists (5,483) and following her exceptional senior season in 1994, was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd (Jan. 30, 1995). It is noted in Sports Illustrated's acknowledgement, Davis became just the second setter in the history of women's college volleyball to be named national player of the year. Furthermore, Sports Illustrated points out Davis was the first player from a school east of Utah to earn the coveted distinction. Davis, who continued her volleyball career training with USA Volleyball, was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000, six years after concluding her stellar collegiate career.
Field Hockey (1976-79)
Regarded as Ohio State's best field hockey player, Sue Marcellus is the only student-athlete in program history to have her number retired. As a Buckeye, Marcellus became the all-time leader in career goals (117), career points (254) and single-season points (82) and earned All-America honors in 1977, 1978 and 1979. Marcellus had an impressive international resume as well. She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1977 to 1980 and member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team. In 1995, Marcellus was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Club Sports 1943-49
Alice "Lefty" Hohlmayer competed for Ohio State before there were varsity sports for women, but still is considered one of the finest and most versatile athletes ever to play for the Buckeyes. Hohlmayer was a member of the "Varsity" field hockey, volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, fencing, badminton, archery and mixed tennis teams during her time on campus. In 1946, she pitched and played first base in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the movie "A League of Their Own" chronicled her story. Hohlmayer set a league record with 21 put outs at first base and was later inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1988. In 2001, she was enshrined into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
En route to earning First Team All- America honors in foil, Ivan Gilbert helped lead the Buckeye fencing squad to the 1942 national title, the program's first national championship and second overall team national title at Ohio State. A three-year letterwinner from 1941-43, Gilbert was named the Scarlet and Gray's Male Fencer of the Century by the Touchdown Club of Columbus and was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
Steve Arlin is considered one of the top pitchers in Ohio State baseball history. The two-time All-Big Ten and All-American posted a 24-3 record in two years with the Buckeyes. He struck out 294 batters and finished his career with a winning percentage of .889. Arlin posted an 11-1 record in 1966 and earned College World Series MVP honors while leading the Buckeyes to the National Championship. Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978, Arlin made his Major League Baseball debut June 17, 1969 for the San Diego Padres and remained a part of the organization until 1974 before joining the Cleveland Indians.
(Track & Field 1946-49)
A track and field star for the Buckeyes, Malvin Whitfield won NCAA titles in the 800m in 1948 and 1949 and captained the Scarlet and Gray during the 1949 season before being inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978. At the 1948 Olympics, held in London, Whitfield won a gold medal with an Olympic record time of 1:49.2 in the 800m, was a member of the 4x400m relay team and won bronze in the 400m. Three years later in 1951 at the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Whitfield won the 800m race and would go on to win the gold medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. Whitfield also won the silver medal at the 1952 games as a member of the U.S. 4x400m relay team.
After exhausting his eligibility at Ohio State, Whitfield won the 800m Amateur Athletic Union title from 1949-1951 and 1953-1954 and captured the AAU crown in the 400m in 1952. In 1954, Whitfield was awarded the James E. Sullivan Award, given annually by the AAU, to become the first African American to win the prestigious honor.
Serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War in the early 1950s, Whitfield later was appointed by the Educational Exchange program in the Department of State to tour Europe, the Middle East and Africa as a Sports Goodwill Ambassador in 1955.
In 1956, he accepted an appointment from the Liberian Government as advisor to the late President, William V. Shadrack Tubman. Then in 1960, upon the completion of the Liberian contract, he accepted a professorship as head of the Physical Education and Sports Department at the new University of Nigeria in Nsukka. In 1963, Whitfield then joined the Foreign Service. During his career as a diplomat, he traveled to more than 132 countries and played a key role in training and developing African athletes. Established in 1989, the Whitfield Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of sports, academics and culture around the globe.
Some information source: whitfieldfoundation.org
(Women's Basketball 1993-96)
Arguably the finest women's basketball player in the history of the Big Ten, Katie Smith helped lead Ohio State to a Big Ten championship and the NCAA title game her freshman year in 1993. Named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and National Freshman of the Year, the Logan, Ohio, native also was named a First-Team Kodak All-American during her freshman campaign. Smith was the first freshman since Cheryl Miller to earn the distinction. In all, Smith scored 2,578 points during her amazing career and ended her career with the Buckeyes as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer. She totaled a school-record 745 points as a senior and won All-Big Ten honors in each of her last three years and was a First-Team All-America pick as a senior. The Big Ten MVP as a senior, Smith averaged 20.8 points per game for her career. Smith is one of several Buckeyes to earn a roster spot on every team sponsored by USA Basketball. Smith became the first player to represent the Scarlet and Gray as a member of a U.S. Olympic Team in 2000. Smith won the gold with the 2000 squad in Sydney, Australia, brought home her second gold medal as a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic squad in Athens, Greece, and won her third gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games in China. Smith is currently a member of the WNBA's Seattle Storm and was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.
(Head Coach - Men's Gymnastics from 1989-1997)
Peter Kormann was the head coach of the Buckeye men's gymnastics team from 1989-1997. During his first seven seasons, he guided the team into the national spotlight as the Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA finals every year under his tutelage, which stood as the longest streak in the country. Kormann not only led the Scarlet and Gray to the finals, he coached the program to the national title in 1996, which earned him NCAA and Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.
Kormann's squads dominated the Big Ten Conference, winning the title in 1993, '94, '96 and '97. Additionally, Kormann produced 34 All-Americans, six NCAA individual champions, two NCAA all-around champions and 18 Big Ten individual champions. Two legendary Buckeye gymnasts, Mike Racanelli and Kip Simons, won the Nissen Award under the guidance of Kormann. In 1996, Kormann was chosen by the U.S. Olympic Committee to lead Team USA at the Summer Games in Atlanta.
Conny Kirsch helped the rowing team make Ohio State history by lifting the program to its first Big Ten championship in 2002. Kirsch was a part of the First Varsity Eight crew that won the Grand Final and because of her efforts was named the Big Ten Co-Rower of the Year, the first in program history. That same boat went on to win the Central Regional championship Grand Final. The Buckeyes followed their conference title with a then-program best fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships. Kirsch's individual accolades include earning first-team All-America honors in 2002 to complement her second-team laurels in 2000 and 2001. She also was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten and All-Central Region selection (2000, 2001 and 2002). Kirsch was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2001 and 2002, as well as a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. In 2007, Kirsch earned the pinnacle of Ohio State Athletics success when she was inducted into the hall of fame.
Phyllis Bailey, a former coach and administrator in the Ohio State department of athletics from 1956-1995, spent 39 years involved with the university, serving in a variety of different roles, from the first women's basketball coach, to eventually becoming the first woman to hold the position as assistant athletics director. She not only contributed to the school in athletics, but was an athletics and physical education professor as well. Bailey put her Ohio State students and athletes first, sometimes even giving up her own aspirations.
Bailey was a significant contributor to the evolution of women's athletics at Ohio State. She helped many club teams transition into varsity sports and also helped to forge change at the school after the Education Act of 1972 passed, requiring men and women to have equality in athletics. She became a mentor to those women wanting to pursue careers in the athletic world, whether it was in coaching or sports administration. Bailey was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993, the first year women were inducted into the hall and the Phyllis Bailey Career Achievement Award is given annually by the Women's Varsity O Association. Most recently, Bailey was inducted into the College of Education and Human Ecology Hall of Fame in 2011.
During World War I, Bricker served as the first lieutenant and chaplain in the United States Army in 1917 and 1918. He was elected Governor of Ohio for three two-year terms, serving from 1939-1945. Bricker was the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1944 on the same ticket as Thomas Dewey. The pair lost the campaign to Franklin Roosevelt.
Bricker was elected to the United State Senate in 1946 and reelected in 1952. He is most remembered for his attempt to amend the Constitution to limit the President's treaty-making powers. This attempt was known as the Bricker Amendment.
Bricker was a member of the OSU Board of Trustees from 1948 to 1969 and founded the Columbus, Ohio, law firm now known as Bricker and Eckler. Bricker Hall on the Ohio State Columbus campus is named for him. The building serves as the home of several of the University's administrative units, including the Office of the Board of Trustees and President Gordon Gee.
Bricker passed away in Columbus at the age of ninety-two. He was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity "O" Hall of Fame in 1978.
Athletic Training 1971-99
Linda Daniel dedicated herself to healing injured athletes and opening doors for women athletic trainers. Daniel started her Ohio State career as a student trainer in 1971 when female trainers could only work with female student-athletes. In 1975, Daniel became the first woman to achieve the highest score in the nation on the National Athletic Trainers Association certification test. She went on to become Co-Head Athletic Trainer and develop an educational program designed to produce women athletic trainers. Daniel later was inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
Ice Hockey 2001-04
The 2004 WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year, Emma Laaksonen helped build the foundation of the Ohio State women's hockey program and is the first women's hockey player to be inducted into the athletics hall of fame (2009). The first Buckeye women's hockey player All-American, earning second team honors in 2002, Laaksonen's other career accomplishments include being a 2002 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 finalist and earning 2004 Second Team All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors. A standout in the classroom, she was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree (2003, 2004), a two-time AWHCA Scholar All-American (2003, 2004) and a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection (2002, 2003, 2004). Laaksonen also has been a key member for her home country's team in Finland as a three-time Olympian, serving as co-captain in 2002 and 2006, as well as competing in seven world championships, serving as captain in 2008 and 2009. Named Finland's Player of the Year in 2002 and 2006, Laaksonen was recognized by the Buckeye program during the first home series of the 2008-09 season when her No. 3 was the first women's hockey player number retired.
Earning All-America honors on vault and in the all-around in 1999, Lindsey Vagedes was the first Buckeye women's gymnast to achieve the distinction in two different events as a three-time NCAA championships qualifier. In conference action, Vagedes was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, winning league titles on vault in 1998 and 1999, as well as capturing the beam title in 1999. A four-year letterwinner, Vagedes was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
Men's Tennis 2004-07
A three-time NCAA championships participant in the singles and doubles competitions in 2005 and 2007, Devin Mullings concluded his Ohio State career ranked in the Top 10 of the Buckeye all-time career singles record book. With 116 singles victories, Mullings currently is in seventh place. An All-Big Ten selection from 2005-07, Mullings also excelled in the classroom. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2005 and was a two-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete.
Football Head Coach
Head Coach 1951-1978
For 28 years he was the heart and soul of Ohio State Football. A worshipper of tough men, he preached self-reliance, education and that the more you give, the more you get in return. He took the Buckeyes to heights never before achieved in the school's rich football history and touched more than a few lives along the way.
Between 1951 and 1978, while Woody Hayes stalked the Ohio Stadium sidelines, the Buckeyes won five national titles (and narrowly missed out on four others), captured 13 Big Ten crowns and won 205 games, including 152 conference games. Twice the Buckeyes won a conference record 17-consecutive league games.
Under Hayes, the Buckeyes played in 11 bowl games, including eight Rose Bowls. Ohio State is the only Big Ten school to play in four-consecutive Rose Bowls, traveling to Pasadena following the 1972-73-74 and '75 seasons. Click here to read more
Stacy Roth, a 2002 Third Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten selection, is OSU's career record holder in several categories. Roth, a 2011 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, re-wrote the batting record books in 2002, tallying a single-season record 66 RBI in her final season as a Buckeye. Roth is currently third in OSU history with 166 RBI and still holds the single-season RBI record (66). The two-time OSU Most Valuable Player posted near 1.00 RBI per game average, which ranked among the best in the nation while also leading the Big Ten. Roth helped lead the Buckeyes to the program's second NCAA regional appearance in team history, posting a .374 batting average with 71 hits, 15 home runs and a .684 slugging percentage. Roth also was selected as a second team All-Big Ten honoree in 2000 and 2001 as well as a third team All-Big Ten performer in 1999 during her freshman season. She ranks in the Top 10 in multiple categories in OSU softball history. On the career list, Roth sits seventh in batting average (.348), fifth in hits (221), third in doubles (45), fifth in home runs (29) and seventh in walks (70). Roth also holds several Top 10 single-season records, including seventh in batting average (.386), fourth in hits (71), seventh in doubles (14) and fourth in home runs (15).
In the classroom, Roth was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a 2002 First Team Academic All-District IV honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. She earned her bachelor's degree in family and human development in the School of Human Ecology.
Women's Lacrosse 2002-05
Regina Oliver, a two-time All-American and 2010 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, ended her Ohio State career as one of the most decorated players in women's lacrosse program history.
As a standout midfielder, Oliver concluded her career in 2004 with the career caused turnover record (201) and owns the Top 4 spots in the single-season totals from each of her four seasons. In addition to All-America honors from each major publication, she was a finalist for the 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy, as well as the 2003 American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2002. It is without surprise the most successful years of Buckeye lacrosse coincide with Oliver's career. As a sophomore, she helped lead the Buckeyes to a 12-11 victory over the then-eight time defending national champion Maryland March 31, 2002 in College Park, a win which stands among the program's biggest and factored into its first appearance in the NCAA tournament. During that postseason run, Oliver took part in the Buckeyes' first NCAA tournament advancement after upsetting fourth-ranked Duke, 10-7, May 8, 2003 in Durham, N.C.
Oliver is a member of the US National Team, helping the squad to the 2009 World Cup Championship and earning All-World Team honors in the process. After serving as an assistant coach of the Duquesne women's lacrosse team for four seasons, Oliver was hired as head coach at Cincinnati in June 2012.
A 2004 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Kevin Randleman was a two-time NCAA champion at 177 pounds in 1992 and 1993. The first two-time champion in Ohio State history, Randleman remains the Buckeyes' only three-time Big Ten champion. A three-time All-American, Randleman posted a 42-0-3 record in 1992, just the second Buckeye to go undefeated during a season, and dropped just one match the following campaign (24-1).
Men's Basketball, 1977-80
The tremendously quick Kelvin Ransey was a 1980 All-America and three-time all-Big Ten choice. A two-time team MVP, Ransey started 111 of 112 games while playing for the Buckeyes. He had a string of 80 consecutive games in which he scored in double figures and averaged more than 35 minutes per game. Ransey, a 1986 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, was the third player taken in the 1980 NBA Draft and during his career played for the Portland Trailblazers and the New Jersey Nets.
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Ray Shoup, an Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee in 1966, was a member of the Buckeyes' 1965 College World Series second place and 1966 National Championship baseball teams. In 1967, Shoup earned All-Big Ten and All-America honors while leading the team to another appearance in the College World Series. His career numbers totaled 101 hits, 22 doubles, four home runs, 65 RBI and 26 stolen bases.
Men's Tennis 1979-82
Ernie Fernandez, an Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee in 1994, won three Big Ten singles titles and one doubles crown during his career. A three-time team MVP, Fernandez was named All-Big Ten four consecutive years, making him the first member of Ohio State's tennis team to accomplish that feat. In 1980, he was named an All-American and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. He finished his career at OSU with an impressive singles record of 109-33 and won a Bronze Medal at the 1979 Pan Am Games.
Track and Field (2002-04, 2006)
A 2012 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Keturah Lofton was a three-time All-American, six-time NCAA championship qualifier and Big Ten Medal of Honor winner for the Ohio State women's track and field from 2000-2006.
A former walk-on who missed two full seasons because of injury, Lofton experienced tremendous success as a student-athlete despite the hardships she faced. Lofton earned a full athletic scholarship by capturing a title in the weight throw at the 2004 Big Ten Indoor Championships and set OSU school records in both the hammer (209-0.75, 2006) and weight throws (69-5.25, 2006) prior to graduating from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. In addition, she won a Big Ten title in the hammer throw and became the first female in Big Ten history to break the 200-foot mark in the event.
Women's Basketball, 1986-89
One of the most decorated student-athletes in women's basketball history, Lisa Cline helped guide the Buckeyes to three Big Ten Championships and a berth in the NCAA 'Sweet 16' all four years of her career. A 2002 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Cline earned Kodak All-America Honorable Mention in 1989, the same year she was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. The conference freshman of the year (1985-86) and a four-time All-Big Ten selection (first team in 1989 and second team '86, '87 and '88), Cline was a member of the USA Select Team in 1988 and '89. Cline was among the Top 10 in seven statistical categories at Ohio State, including third all-time in assists for a career. Her 11 steals at UCLA (12/30/88) are a single game record for the Buckeyes.
Women's Basketball, 2004-07
Jessica Davenport, a 2012 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, helped lift Ohio State back to the top of the Big Ten Conference and into national prominence during her four years as a Buckeye. The only three-time Big Ten Player of the Year at the time, Davenport helped the Buckeyes to a 108-22 record (.831) from 2004-07. Ohio State's first three-time All-American captained the Buckeyes to three-consecutive conference championships.
Davenport ended her career with 48 career double-doubles and Ohio State's only pair of triple-doubles in points, rebounds and blocked shots. Davenport amassed 2,303 career points, which currently ranks third all-time on the Ohio State all-time list. Davenport also pulled down 1,094 rebounds to rank in the Top 3. In 2007, Davenport became the first player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots in a career.
Davenport capped her career in grand fashion in 2007. She not only garnered her third conference player of the year award and third All-America honor, but etched her name in both the Big Ten and Ohio State record books while leading the Buckeyes to a 28-4 overall mark and fourth NCAA tournament bid in as many seasons. At the conclusion of the regular season, Ohio State was 26-2, the best regular campaign in Ohio State annals.
Women's Soccer 1994-97
Named the 2002 Touchdown Club/Ohio State Athlete of the Century for women's soccer, Jodie Stranges was a second team All-American in 1996. The four-time All-Big Ten honoree and NSCAA Great Lakes Region first team selection (1996) and second team pick (1995) later was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003. A three-time team MVP and two-time team captain as a four-time letterwinner, Stranges excelled academically, earning Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 1995.
A 12-time All-American and 2011 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Jessica Marshall won six individual national championships during her four years with the Buckeyes. In 2003 and 2004 she claimed the national titles in women's air and sport pistol and two-gun aggregate. A four-year letter winner, she helped win the 2004 women's national championship and was a part of four other national championships. As a senior she earned four All-America accolades, picking up three in both 2001 and '03 and two in 2002. Marshall was a member of the USA Shooting Olympic Development team in 2003 and 2004 and was a member of the 2004 USA Shooting National Team.
The 2004 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor and the Corwin A. Fegus Memorial award recipient, she was a three-time team captain, a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She earned a bachelor's in psychology in 2004 and a master's degree in public policy and management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs in 2008.