Another Feather in the Cap of Ohio State University’s Sports

While The Ohio State University is already nationally known for its outstanding athletic department and programs, their culture of sportsmanship and excellence has earned them another feather in their cap.

Forbes magazine has listed the department among the 10 best organizations to work for in sports. The article ranks The Ohio State University Athletics Department, which employees some 300 people, as the 4th best among other prestigious organizations such as the Cleveland Cavilers (ranked 2nd).

The article quotes Janine Oman, Associate Athletics Director Sport Administration/Sport Performance as stating:

“The culture of OSU Athletics is one of excellence that is focused on the growth and development of each person. It is an environment where all individuals are valuable members of the team with ideas to contribute and given the opportunity to lead those efforts. The department provides traditional education opportunities as well as engages employees with projects to stretch them and grow new skills. Individuals are given autonomy at the local level to determine what works best for their group. Gene [Smith] truly supports each individual and allows them to lead. It is a culture of we and not me as cliché as that sounds. I am very thankful for the opportunity the Buckeye’s have given me to grow my professional skills.”

The Ohio State Antithetical Department is the only college athletic department to make the list. The others include: Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Cavaliers, GMR Marketing, Navigate Research, National Football League, Premier Partnerships, The Aspire Group, RSE Ventures and Turnkey Sports and Entertainment.

The OSU program is an extremely diverse program that supports 36 fully funded varsity sports and maintains many impressive facilities such as the Ohio Stadium, Bill Davis Stadium, Jesse Owens Stadium, The Schottenstein Center and golf courses to name a few.

Perhaps most impressive among the department’s attributes is that it receives no state tax or student tuition dollars. The department is fully self-sufficient financially. In 2013 the department gave almost 30 million dollars to the university, 16 million dollars of that included grant-in-aid reimbursements.

This is one instance in which an end zone victory dance seems appropriate.

Jody Victor

Sources:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbelzer/2015/03/02/the-best-organizations-to-work-for-in-sports/
http://news.osu.edu/news/2015/03/04/forbes-names-ohio-state-university-athletics-department-one-of-the-10-best-organizations-to-work-for-in-sports/

Football job fair draws 57 companies

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye football news from OSU.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – All of the players on the Ohio State football team, and dozens more student-athletes from across the school’s 36-sport Department of Athletics, took part in a first-ever student-athlete job fair at Ohio Stadium that drew senior staff and human resource representatives from 57 businesses and organizations and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

The job fair, an idea of coach Urban Meyer and organized by administrators in the football program, was an opportunity for Buckeye student-athletes to prepare now and to experience today the protocols, experiences, tools and preparation needed to secure a good job when their athletic playing days are over.

Only at Ohio State?
It is hard to imagine any other school or location that could hold a student-athlete centered job fair and end up with such a comprehensive selection of major companies, many with their corporate headquarters in Columbus, so eager to participate.

And judging by the comments from the representatives at the event and the eagerness of the student-athletes to meet with them, the effort and the organization was not only well worth it but it is something that will be repeated over and over.

All this education today about the future tomorrow because, as the saying goes, “life does come at you fast.”

And the Buckeyes will be ready.

GO BUCKS GO BUCKS GO BUCKS

Jody Victor

No. 6 Ohio State vs. Illinois Game Notes

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

#6 Ohio State (9-0, 5-0) vs. Illinois (2-6, 0-4)
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 – 3:30 p.m.
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ESPN will televise the game with Beth Mowins and former Buckeye Joey Galloway in the booth and Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game can also be heard live on Sirius channel 113 and XM channel 197.

FIRST AND 10

The Buckeyes are ranked No. 6 this week by the Associated Press, their highest ranking since the final poll of the 2010 season (No. 5).

The Buckeyes are one of only six unbeaten FBS teams and the only team 9-0 (5-0 Big Ten).

Illinois comes to Ohio Stadium 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten, and they have won seven of the last 11 games in Ohio Stadium.

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman is one of 10 former assistants of Urban Meyer who have become a head coach. He is the second who will coach against Meyer as a head coach (Dan Mullin; Mississippi State).

Braxton Miller (1,093 rushing yards) is the first Ohio State QB and just the third different Big Ten QB to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Miller needs one more rushing TD to tie the Ohio State record for rushing TDs by a QB in a single season.

Miller ranks 11th nationally and leads all Big Ten players in rushing yards (121.4 ypg) and also leads the Big Ten in total offense (291.1 ypg).

As a team Ohio State ranks first in the Big Ten in scoring (39.2), rushing yards (262.8) and rushing defense (107.0 ypg) in Big Ten games.

Bradley Roby leads the Big Ten with 18 passes defended (16 PBUs, 2 INTs) in eight games.
The Buckeyes are one of the few teams in the country who haven’t had an off week this season. They’ll enjoy that next week … the weekend of Nov. 10.

Ohio State will honor the branches of the military Saturday as part of its Military Appreciation game.

SECOND-OLDEST SERIES
Ohio State and Illinois will be meeting for the 99th time since the series was initiated in 1902. Only the series against Michigan, which started in 1897 and which has seen 108 games, is older and lengthier than Ohio State’s series with Illinois. Ohio State and Illinois played every year for 89 consecutive years, between 1914 and 2002, until the series was interrupted in 2003. The game Saturday will be the eighth consecutive year the teams have played.

Go Bucks!!!
Jody Victor

Buckeyes Ready for London

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye Olympic news from osu.edu  and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s the ultimate goal for an athlete or a coach. It’s the pinnacle of competition. And for 14 Buckeyes, that dream is about to become a reality.

As the Olympic Flame lights up the London sky Friday evening at the Opening Ceremony to symbolize the start of the 30th Summer Games, 12 current or former Ohio State student-athletes and two current coaches will represent a combined eight countries.

You can find their biographies, schedule of events and television broadcasts right here at go.osu.edu/OSU_Olympians. And join the conversation on Twitter (#OSUOlympians) for the duration of the 17-day Games July 27-Aug. 12.

See below for a breakdown of the 14 Buckeyes who will participate with the world’s best (by schedule of events).

But first, some quick hits:

– Three of the 2012 Olympians are current student athletes: fencers Zain and Mona Shaito and rifle’s Amanda Furrer. Fencer Margarita Tschomakova was a senior in 2012
– Eight of the nine former student-athletes earned their degrees
– All-time, 154 athletes/coaches with Ohio State ties have competed in the Olympics
– Combined, 68 athletes/coaches with Ohio State ties have won 106 Olympic medals (47 gold, 37 silver and 22 bronze)
– Margot Shumway was an Olympian in 2008, Louise Bond-Williams was in the 2004 Games. Coach Vince Panzano will be coaching in his fourth Olympics. Coach Lou Rosselli was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team (114.5 pounds)

1. Roger Espinoza (2007), Honduras, Men’s Soccer
Espinoza and Honduran national team begin group play vs. Morocco Thursday at Hampden Park

Roger Espinoza, who helped lead the Ohio State men’s soccer team to the 2007 national championship game, is one of three overage players named to the Honduran Olympic team’s roster. Espinoza, a current member of the Kansas City Wizards and a World Cup veteran, is the first former Ohio State soccer player to earn a roster spot for the Olympic Games.

2. George Markovic (2007-10), Serbia, Swimming
Markovic set to compete in the 400 meter freestyle and 4×100 freestyle relay team Saturday-Sunday at London Aquatics Center

Markovic was a 2010 NCAA All-American and won a Big Ten championship in the 500 freestyle. During his senior season, Markovic was captain of the 2010 Big Ten Championship team. Not only will he be competing in the 400 meter freestyle, but the former Buckeye will be a part of the first Serbian relay team, participating in the 4×100 freestyle relay. A finance major, Markovic graduated from Ohio State in autumn 2010. (A fun fact – the Aquatic Center seats 17,500 and holds approximately 2.6 million gallons of water).

3. Mona Shaito (2012-Present), Lebanon, Fencing 
Mona Shaito will compete in the women’s foil beginning Saturday at Copper Box

Mona Shaito, the sister/teammate of Zain Shaito, was the first of three Ohio State fencers who were a part of the NCAA champion squad to earn a berth to the 2012 Games. She was the second-youngest competitor at the Olympic Qualifier in Wakayama, Japan, edging fencers from Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam, among other countries. She defeated Singapore’s Ruth Yi Lin Ng in the final to earn gold at the event (Copper Box – the 2012 Olympics facility for fencing along with handball).

 4. Claudia Wurzel (2007-09), Italy, Rowing
Wurzel will be in action in the women’s pair Saturday at Dorney Lake

Wurzel punched her ticket to London after finishing seventh in the pair at the 2011 World Rowing Championships last fall in Bled, Slovenia. Representing Italy in the B Final, Wurzel paired with Sara Bertolasi and clipped the United States by .69 seconds to win the race and earn her trip to the Summer Games.  Wurzel graduated from Ohio State in 2009 with a degree in international studies.

5. Samantha Cheverton (2008-10), Canada, Swimming
Cheverton to compete in 200 meter freestyle July 30 at London Aquatics Center

Cheverton secured a spot on the Canadian Olympic team with a second-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle in March at the Canadian Olympic Trials. She clocked in an Ohio State long course record time of 1:57.98 at the national event and will also be a member of the 800 meter freestyle relay squad. Cheverton, a member of the Ohio State program from 2007-11, finished her degree in psychology in December of 2010.

6. Margot Shumway (2001-02), United States, Rowing
Shumway hits the water July 30 in the women’s double sculls at Dorney Lake

Shumway qualified for the Games for the U.S. Rowing Team in May after collecting a first-place finish at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. Rowing with partner Sarah Trowbridge, the duo edged out the Netherlands in the final by 1.29 seconds to win the race. This will be the second Olympic Games for Shumway, who also rowed stroke for the women’s quadruple sculls in the 2008 games in Beijing. She graduated from Ohio State in 2002 with a degree in comparative studies.

7. Zain Shaito (2011-Present), Lebanon, Fencing
 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year begins competition in men’s foil July 31 at Copper Box

Zain Shaito earned his spot on the Lebanon Olympic team one day after his sister, Mona, earned her spot on the squad. He downed Thailand’s Nontapat Panchan in the final bout at the last-opportunity qualifying tournament in April in Wakayama City, Japan. Both Shaitos, residents of Texas with dual-citizenship in Lebanon, have spent time training with USA Fencing and are members of the Fencing Institute of Texas.

8. Louise Bond-Williams (2001-04), Great Britain, Fencing
Bond-Williams in action at women’s individual sabre Aug. 1 at Copper Box

Bond-Williams, a member of the Ohio State fencing team from 2001-04, will represent Great Britain in the women’s individual sabre Aug. 1. She graduated from Ohio State in 2005 with a degree in history. She was the fourth and final Buckeye to earn a spot in London.

9. Margarita Tschomakova (2009-12), Bulgaria, Fencing
Former Buckeye to compete in women’s individual sabre Aug. 1 at Copper Box

Tschomakova was the third OSU fencer to earn a trip to London and will don Bulgarian colors in women’s sabre. With dual-citizenship in Germany and Bulgaria, she secured one of four spots out of a group of 12 in April at the European Zonal in Bratislava, Slovakia. A senior on the 2012 NCAA champion team, Tschomakova graduated this past spring with a degree in international business.

10. Amanda Furrer (2010-Present), United States, Rifle
Furrer hits the range Aug. 4 in women’s three-position, 50m rifle at Royal Artillery Barracks

Furrer, a current member of the Ohio State rifle team, earned her selection to the U.S. Olympic Team after collecting a 196 in the kneeling position at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June in Ft. Benning, Ga. Furrer, who just concluded her third season with the Scarlet and Gray, has finished in the Top 10 nationally in smallbore rifle each season. (A fun fact – the Royal Artillery Barracks dates back to 1716).

11. Katie Bell (2007-11), United States, Diving
Bell will be the last Buckeye to compete at the Olympics Aug. 8 in the 10-meter women’s platform

A Columbus native, Bell sealed her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team following a second-place finish in the women’s 10-meter platform finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June in Federal Way, Wash. Bell finished with 1024.40 points and became the ninth Olympian under Ohio State diving coach Vince Panzano.  She graduated from the College of Social Work in 2011.

12. Caitlin Stewart (2007-10), United States, Synchronized Swimming
Stewart is an alternate for the U.S. duet squad Aug. 5

A Huntington Beach, Calif., native, Stewart’s Buckeye career spanned from 2007-10. Stewart was a four-time All-American (2007-10) and won gold medals three consecutive years from 2008-10 in the team routine at the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming championships. Additionally, Stewart was instrumental in helping Ohio State win consecutive national titles in 2009 and 2010. She is returning to Ohio State this fall semester to finish her degree in psychology.  

13. Head Coach Vince Panzano, United States, Diving
Panzano to coach in his fourth Olympics in London

Panzano, who has been at the helm of the OSU diving program for 33 years, has now sent nine divers to the Olympics. Overall, the Buckeyes have now had 42 divers make the Olympics. One of the most highly-respected diving coaches, Panzano has coached in three previous Olympics, including 1984 (Los Angeles), 1988 (Seoul) and 1996 (Atlanta).

14. Associate Head Coach Lou Rosselli, United States, Wrestling
Rosselli named volunteer coach of the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Team

Rosselli, one of five finalists for a 2008 U.S. Olympic freestyle volunteer coaching position, has been part of USA Wrestling for several years as a coach and athlete. Most notably, he is a three-time U.S. Freestyle World Team coach. A member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team (114.5 pounds), Rosselli was a 1997 World Cup and won the silver medal at the 1998 Pan American Championships. Rosselli concluded his sixth season on the Buckeye coaching staff in March. Hired by Ohio State head coach Tom Ryanso in the spring of 2006, Rosselli was promoted to associate head coach following the 2008-09 season.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

 

23 FB players have now graduated in 2011-12

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu  and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ten more Ohio State football players – past performers and those from the 2011 team – received their bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University Sunday in commencement exercises at Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State’s football players were among a university-record 10,642 individuals who received degrees and certificates at the ceremony. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, delivered the commencement address in front of approximately 50,000 guests.

Among the spring quarter graduates are two – punter Ben Buchanan and safety Zach Domicone – who will be members of the 2012 team as fifth-year seniors. Two-year starting linebacker Andrew Sweat received his degree in marketing and Jake Ballard, a starting member of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, also received his degree, in sport and leisure studies.

The 10 new graduates increase to 23 the number of Ohio State football players who have received their degree during the 2011-12 academic year.

The ceremony was the university’s 400th commencement and Ohio State’s last on the academic quarter system.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor