Georgia Senate honors champion Owls with resolution

The Georgia Senate on Wednesday recognized Kennesaw State University’s men’s basketball…

Georgia (Mar 31, 2004) — Georgia Senate honors champion Owls with resolution

Rick Woodall

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The Georgia Senate on Wednesday recognized Kennesaw State University’s men’s basketball and women’s soccer teams with a resolution honoring their NCAA Div. II national championships.

“We’re very proud of you‚” Sen. Steve Thompson (D−Powder Springs) said. “And I’m particularly proud because I’m a graduate.”

The men’s basketball team secured the first national title in its history with Saturday’s 84−59 rout of Southern Indiana in the Div. II finals. The win‚ broadcast nationally by CBS‚ was the 26th in a row for Tony Ingle’s Peach Belt Conference and South Atlantic Regional champions‚ who finished the season 35−4. This is the first NCAA championship‚ men’s or women’s‚ won by a basketball team in Georgia.

Saturday’s triumph followed on the heels of an equally impressive performance by the women’s soccer team‚ which capped its title quest Dec. 6 with a 2−0 shutout of Franklin Pierce in the national finals. Led by head coach Rob King‚ the Fighting Owls rolled to a 25−1 record in only their second season of competition.

Kennesaw State has now won five team championships since joining the NCAA during the 1994−95 school year‚ and six overall dating back to the institution’s days in the NAIA. The other team titles came in baseball (1994 NAIA‚ 1996 NCAA) and softball‚ (NCAA crowns in 1995 and 1996).

Ingle and King were in attendance for the reading of the resolution‚ along with President Betty L. Siegel and other members of the KSU community. Both coaches voiced their appreciation for the honor‚ while Siegel pointed out that at Kennesaw State‚ “athletics and academics are teammates.”

Politicians on hand included the senate president‚ Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor (D−Albany)‚ and members of the local delegation. All spoke highly of KSU’s achievements.

“I know you’re familiar with the Bulldogs‚ and of course‚ we’re proud of the Yellow Jackets‚ but you’re looking at a machine that’s producing national champions‚” Sen. Chuck Clay (R−Marietta) said. “KSU is a great institution of higher education‚ and national champions as well.”



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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