Whitlock steps down after 27 seasons After 27 seasons, Kennesaw State head softball coach Scott Whitlock will retire at the conclusion of the 2013 season. Whitlock, one of the most respected coaches in NCAA softball, led the Owls to two national titles and 13 regional crowns, produced 18 consecutive 35-win seasons, 15 40-win campaigns and four seasons in which he won 50 or more games. The Owls were ranked in the top 10 nationally at the season’s end from 1991 through 2002. He was named A-Sun Coach of the Year three times (2006, 2007, 2012) since Kennesaw State joined the conference in 2006. Whitlock received the highest honor of his profession when he was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame in Orlando, Fla. He was also inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame in 2010. “No doubt Scott Whitlock has been an icon to Kennesaw State University and KSU athletics,” Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams said. “He has been very instrumental to every phase of growth of this institution. His legacy does not end, but it continues just in another way that will benefit this institution. He will become an important part of the administrative senior management team. I am very honored and fortunate to work with an individual who has been so successful in impacting lives and really showcasing the values of Kennesaw State then, now and in the future.” Assistant coach Wes Holly Jr. will act as co-head coach for the 2013 season, then become head coach at the end of the season. Whitlock will remain on staff as senior associate athletics director. “I know the time is right,” Whitlock said. “I have had a great ride and a lot of fun, but after weighing things over the past three months, I just feel that it’s now a good time to start the process of having someone with fresher eyes and new ideas step in to lead our program. The past 28 years wasn’t a dream come true, because I could have never dreamed that I would have had such a rewarding career.” Greene Wins Owl of Excellence Award Senior golfer Ben Greene is the latest recipient of the Owls of Excellence Award, instituted this fall by the Department of Athletics, to recognize Kennesaw State student-athletes who excel in their chosen sport, in the classroom, and provide service to the community. Greene, a four-year member of the golf team and twotime Atlantic Sun Conference Golfer of the Week, is an active participant with the KSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and regularly volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club, First Tee of Atlanta and the Golden Soldiers, while teaching a children’s Sunday school class at his church. At the 2011 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, he received an NCAA Elite 88 Award, which recognizes student-athletes who reach the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Follow the Owls on ESPN3 Owl fans will be able to watch selected Kennesaw State basketball, baseball and softball games thanks to an agreement between the Atlantic Sun Conference and ESPN to televise A-Sun sports on its live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3 and via WatchESPN. Twenty-two live conference basketball games will be distributed in 2012-13, along with the addition of the final games of the A-Sun baseball and softball championships. The Kennesaw State men’s basketball team make its first appearance playing Mercer on Jan. 5, 2013 at 2:30 p.m (EST) on EPSN3 followed by the women’s contest at 5:30 p.m. ESPN3 will be the home of the conference’s women’s basketball package, which highlights each A-Sun institution through five regular season games and all of the 2013 A-Sun Basketball Championship quarterfinal contests. A seven-game regular season men’s package, in addition to men’s quarterfinal action, is also part of the exclusive agreement. Kennesaw State athletics celebrates 30 years Kennesaw State University and the athletics department have a yearlong series of events planned to celebrate the University’s 30th year of intercollegiate athletics. From its beginning as a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member 1982-83 to its move to NCAA Division I status in 2005, Kennesaw State will celebrate its rich history which includes six team national championships. “Kennesaw State has made a rapid rise from a junior college to a nationally recognized four-year institution, and intercollegiate athletics has paralleled that growth,” Lauren Katovsky, assistant director of athletics for corporate sales and marketing, said. “We’re excited to honor and recognize the accomplishments of former Kennesaw State student athletes and teams over the past 30 years and help increase enthusiasm for the future here at Kennesaw State.” A reception for former student-athletes will be held Jan. 5 in the Convocation Center hospitality room before the men’s basketball game against Mercer. The Department of Athletics is also reaching out to former student-athletes to re-engage them with the University. Former student-athletes may log on to KSUOwls.com/updateyourinfo and update their contact information.
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