OSU Athletes Excelled in 2009


The OSU Men's Basketball team celebrated the third best turnaround in the country, winning the College Basketball Invitational under first-year coach Craig Robinson. (Photo courtesy of OSU Athletics)

November 4, 2009

Students earned national academic and athletic honors 

In Brief

Oregon State University athletes earned Pac-10 and national honors for both academics and on-the-field performance. OSU was one of the few universities in the nation to participate in a football bowl game, the NCAA baseball tournament and both men's and women's post-season basketball tournaments.

In the Classroom

  • The Pac-10 recognized 96 OSU scholar-athletes with All-Academic selections for the 2008-09 academic year.

  • The cross-country team earned Academic All-America honors for the fifth straight time. Women's track posted the seventh-best GPA in the nation and was first in the Pac-10 at 3.46.

  • The All-Pac-10 Academic Team included 15 football student-athletes — tied for the most in the conference with Washington State.

  • Jane Ivey (rowing), Ryan Callahan (men's soccer), Alex Williams (golf) and D'Anna Piro (gymnastics) were awarded Pac-10 post-graduate scholarships.

  • Talisa Rhea of the women's basketball team was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team. She also earned Pac-10 Academic First Team, and her teammate Mercedes Fox-Griffin earned Honorable Mention.

  • A total of four women's sports hit 100 percent in graduation success rate.

  • Alex Williams was named the Pac-10 Conference's Scholar Athlete for men's golf.

On the Field

  • Oregon State was one of 12 Division I programs (only Pac-10 school) to play in a bowl game, the NCAA Baseball Tournament and in postseason for men's and women's basketball.

  • Football competed in its eighth bowl game (Sun Bowl) in 10 years and has a win streak of five games (second-longest in the nation). Mike Riley was named American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Jacquizz Rodgers became the first freshman ever to be named Pac-10 Offensive MVP. An OSU record seven athletes were selected in the 2009 NFL Draft — tied with Ohio State for the second most in the nation.

  • Men's Basketball won five of six games en route to capturing the second annual College Basketball Invitational. Roeland Schaftenaar earned the MVP of the tournament. With 12 more wins than the previous year, the program achieved the nation's third-best turnaround.

  • Women's Basketball played in the WNIT for the second time under LaVonda Wagner. The team won 20 games for the first time since 1995 and finished tied for fourth (predicted for 8th).

  • Gymnastics finished second at the Pac-10 Championships, and gymnast Mandi Rodriguez earned Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year.

  • Swimmer Saori Haruguchi earned her 10th All-American honor and was the female recipient of the Tom Hansen Pac-10 Medal (athletics, academics, leadership).

  • Women's Golf set a school record for lowest scoring average. Cara Freeman is on pace to become the school's best for scoring after setting a sophomore record with a 76.13 average.

In the Community

  • Athletics and the Department of Anthropology co-hosted the 2009 Empty Bowls Annual Benefit, raising over $2,500.

  • Former track standout and Olympic Gold Medalist Dick Fosbury was an honoree at the Austin Entrepreneurship Program's Entrepreneurs and Innovators Recognition ceremony.

  • Student-athletes raised nearly $1,200 for the IMPACT Program through the "Other Side" talent show.

  • The gymnastics team raised $6,500 during its annual "Pink Out" and subsequent breakfast. The money was donated to charities.

  • Women's basketball raised $5,500 during its "Pink Zone" event. The money was donated to the Kay Yow Women's Basketball Coaches Fund.

  • Men's basketball coach Craig Robinson attended the Presidential Inauguration.