Emma Johnson, a former star thrower in Kent State, has been named associate head coach of the Golden Flashes softball team. Former Groveport champion Madison High School has worked with Kent State pitchers as assistant coach since 2018.
“I am thrilled for Emma and proud of her, as her hard work and dedication to this program earned her this title promotion,” said KSU head coach Eric Oakley. “Being nominated associate head coach illustrates the partnership we have built and the shared vision we have for the program. It is a title that more accurately reflects the role you play on the staff. It is an honor to work together with coach Johnson and the vice coach Arika Roush as we prepare to return to the field for the 2021 season. ”
Johnson is one of the most decorated pitchers in the history of the Kent and Mid-American Conference. It has won two MAC Pitcher of the Year awards and is a second selection from the NFCA All-Mideast Region Second Team. Johnson sported the nation’s third lowest ERA during his senior season, when he led Kent State to a record 41-13 and a regular season MAC championship in 2015 by going 23-6 with a 0.95 ERA. Johnson allowed 100 hits and 67 walks while hitting 319 hitters in 205.2 innings.
Selected 25th overall in the 2015 NPF Draft, Johnson played two professional seasons for the Pennsylvania Rebellion. During his rookie year he threw 66 innings and possessed the seventh best ERA in the league (2.23) limiting opponents to an average of .189 battles.
In 2015 Johnson graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Accounting and Finance from Kent State University.
Leah Pasqualetti, signatory of Kent State, the number 1 pole vault recruit in the 2020 class, set the all-time records of the national high school and the American U-20 pole vault on June 26 at the Vaulter Club Vaulter Magazine Stars and Stripes Big Red Barn Meet in Sun City, California.
Despite competing in fewer outdoor matches this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and facing some difficulties in transporting his poles across the country from his hometown of Orchard Park, New York, Pasqualetti was able to reach a record height of 14-8.25 without any missing. Pasqualetti was unsuccessful in his three attempts to free 15 feet, but nevertheless left the competition with a U.S. ranking no. 2 and a world ranking n. 9 for the 2020 outdoor season. It is in the running for 14th place in the U-20 world show list of all time.
Kent State has won three of the last seven MAC pole vault championships.
“I am very excited to improve at Kent next year,” Pasqualetti said during an interview with the Buffalo News. “I’m really looking forward to meeting the team and having people to watch and push me.”
Kent State’s TJ Lawson was named in 2020 as CoSIDA Academic All-America Men’s Track & Field / Cross Country Second Team, becoming the first Flashes athletics student-athlete to earn more academic honors in America.
A brace for sports administration and business management with a cumulative score average of 3,792, Lawson had the No. 4 heptathlon score in the country going to the NCAA 2020 indoor athletics championships. The event was canceled due to of coronavirus problems.
Lawson was named the best actor on the MAC field in 2020 after marking a conference that reached a record 5,723 points to get his second heptatlon MAC crown. The former Stow High School star is a five-time All-American and will seek to claim a national title in the decathlon during the 2021 outdoor season.
Several former Kent State athletes will take part in various Major League Baseball training camps later this month.
As they prepare for the 2020 shortened season, teams can have up to 60 players taking part in the pre-season training. Up to 30 players will be active once the season has started, while the rest will form a taxi team that will play with the screen during the regular season and can be called back at any time.
Former flashes on early 2020 MLB rosters include pitcher Joey Murray and Travis Shaw infixier in Toronto, pitcher Andrew Chafin in Arizona, pitcher Eric Lauer in Milwaukee and pitcher Taylor Williams in Seattle.
Graduates of Kent State Maria Cegledy (softball) and Tim Rooney (wrestling) received the Bob James Memorial Scholarship Award 2020 from the Athletics Faculty Representatives of MAC. The $ 5,000 postgraduate scholarships are awarded in honor of Bob James, the second commissioner in the history of the MAC (1964-71).
The awards went to members of the same MAC school for the second time in history. Cegledy is the fifth student-athlete student from Kent State to win the award, while Rooney is the second Flashes male honor.
“Maria and Tim both deserve this award,” said Joel Nielsen, director of athletics at KSU. “They embody the definition of student-athlete with classroom achievements, championships and help others through community service.”
Cegledy graduated this spring with a perfect average of 4.00 points, earning a degree in sports science. She has twice been an All-MAC midfielder and volunteered at the King Kennedy Community Center to assist in preparing peace baskets for needy families during the winter holidays.
Cegledy plans to attend physical therapy school at Ohio University.
Rooney graduated this spring with a degree in sports science, posting an average of 3.83 career marks. He took the 2020 MAC title at £ 133 and gained All-America recognition from the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association. For his career, Rooney has scored 97 varied wins and was twice an NCAA qualifier. He also spent three years as a representative on the Student-Athletic Advisory Board.
Rooney is currently enrolled in the Baldwin Wallace University medical assistant program.
Michael Porrini, a native of Massillon and a Kent State star guard from 2010-12, will serve as general manager of the Mid American Unity team of units that will compete in the basketball tournament starting this weekend.
The $ 1 million 5-on-5 event will take place July 4-14 at the Columbus Nationwide Arena.
Ken Mather became the victim of budget cuts caused by the coronavirus earlier this week when associate commissioner for media and public relations MAC was informed that his position had been eliminated. Mather has spent the past 11 years working for the MAC and has been an experienced professional in every second that I have spent with him during that time.
Here we wish Mather the best of luck for future activities.