Competing in a small market does not stop Kent State Athletics from success. Last year the flashes earned national rankings for men’s and women’s golf programs, eight MAC champions and won the Wagon Wheel.
I spoke with Janet Kittell, Senior Associate Athletic Director, who advises 15 of 18 athletic teams at KSU. Kittell ensures smooth operation on a day to day basis.
The athletic department’s biggest need? More money. “I think we are behind other MAC schools when it comes to facilities,” Kittell said. Scheduling conflicts in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center continue to surface with four teams sharing the same facility.
Athletics must average 15,000 paid tickets this fall at each home football game. If they do not succeed, the football team could lose division one status next year.
The KSU Golf Course got a slight make over this summer, in addition they added a new sport. FootGolf, golf you play with a soccer ball and your feet. The kick-off event is Saturday, September 20.
I’m Raymond Ross for Broadcast Beat Reporting.