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Taking "The Next Opportunity" to return to the course this fall, Morehead State men's and women's golfers claimed a banner day, claiming a superfecta and perfecta across the men's and women's division at The Next Opportunity event at Keene Trace Golf Club.

The two-day event took place across both of Keene Trace's 18-hole championship golf courses as Monday's round took place at Champion Trace-the home of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship-and Tuesday's round at Keene Run.

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Earning one of the highest recognitions from the Ladies Professional Golf Association's Teaching Division, Morehead State women's golf head coach Stephanie Barker has been named the LPGA Midwest Coach of the Year, the LPGA announced Wednesday.

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Three individuals who combine to own numerous game, season and career records, plus the winningest football head coach in the history of the school, comprise the 2020 Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame class.

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For the 10th and 11th times in program history, a Morehead State golfer has earned Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar honors with the selection of redshirt junior Ryan Gillum and junior Joe Muschong by the Golf Coaches Association of America for the 2019-20 season.

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Morehead State Rifle's Alexa Potts has joined elite company. The recently graduated Potts has been named a First-Team Academic All-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

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Opponents of Morehead State football became well aware of the dominance of defensive end Vaughn Taylor, Jr., in 2019. After all, he led the Pioneer League in tackles for loss and sacks. His name is now recognized nationally as Taylor, Jr. was tabbed to the FCS Preseason All-America Team by College Sports Journal.

A native of Washington, D.C., who transferred to MSU from Kansas, he tackled foes in the backfield 18 times in 2019, a figure which ranks second among the program's best defenders. His sack total reflected 5.5 quarterback takedowns.

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Morehead State Athletics is excited to announce the launch of the Legacy Club, an exclusive membership group geared toward student-athlete alums and former support staff of all eras.

The Legacy Club is a part of The Eagle Family Fund and provides former MSU student athletes the opportunity to maintain a lifelong connection with MSU Athletics.

Alums can become a charter member if they join The Legacy Club in the inaugural year (2020-21) or the first year post-graduation. Membership is only a $100 contribution (or just $8.34 per month).

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Following a freshman campaign that saw her capture three individual top-10 finishes while leading her team to four top-five placements, Morehead State women's golf's MacKenzie Neal garnered postseason honors from the Ohio Valley Conference.

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Despite an unorthodox semester with a majority of academic work from home online, Morehead State student-athletes performed exceptionally admirable for the spring 2020 semester and for the entire 2019-20 academic year.

Fifteen (15) teams had combined team grade point averages at 3.0 or better for the spring, while 13 achieved team GPAs of 3.0 or better for the entire year. Morehead State's overall department GPA was 3.43 for the spring semester and 3.28 for the year.

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A former Morehead State Eagle tight end has reached his dream of playing professional football.

Jake Sutherland, who played at Morehead State from 2014-17 with more than 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns, was selected to play for the New York Guardians of the XFL, which starts the 10-game season Feb. 9 against the Tampa Bay Vipers at home in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the same facility the NFL's New York Giants and Jets play their home games in.

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The Ohio Valley Conference will recognize former Morehead State Women's Basketball sharpshooter Kandi (Brown) Parker during the 2020 OVC Championship Tournament as a legend of the league.

The OVC is in its sixth consecutive year honoring its 12-member school's student-athletes that have been successful. During the event set to run from March 4-7 at Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., the OVC will display signage, read P.A. messages, and highlight Parker in a feature in the event's program.

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Reigning Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week Jazzmyn Elston bucketed a career-best 30 points as the Morehead State Women's Basketball team came up short, 82-75, against league-leading Tennessee Tech at the Hooper Eblen Center on Thursday evening.

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After serving in an interim role since April, Jaime Gordon will now assume the full-time position of Director of Athletics at Morehead State. Gordon's appointment is effective February 1.

Gordon, who recently concluded his 17th season as the head coach of the Morehead State Volleyball program, is the winningest coach in the school's history in any sport. He has guided the Eagles to 309 victories since 2003.

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Five Morehead State football student-athletes have been named to Phil Steele's 2019 postseason all-Pioneer League Teams.

Junior defensive lineman Vaughn Taylor Jr., and sophomore return man Ian Holder were first-team picks (both players also made the first-team in the PFL's own postseason lists). Junior wide receiver Landon Hurst and senior offensive lineman Josh Poe earned second team nods, while junior Andrew Foster made the third team as a punter.

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The Morehead State Soccer team has been awarded for its performance in the classroom during the fall 2019 semester, receiving the Team Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches.

For a team to be considered for the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, it must have a composite team grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all team members who appear on the official NCAA roster.

The Eagles turned in a composite team GPA of 3.5 in the fall.

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Former Morehead State all-star basketball athlete Kenneth Faried has been named to the Lou Henson All-Decade Team as presented by CollegeInsider.com.

The All Decade Team identifies the 40 outstanding players who competed for mid-major college basketball programs between 2010 and 2019. The voting panel consisted of 21 Division I head coaches, four athletic directors and six senior members of the College Insider staff. The Ohio Valley Conference makes up 10 percent of the list as he is one of four players, joining Murray State's Isiah Canaan and Ja Morant and Belmont's Evan Bradds.

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Former Morehead State men's basketball center Kenneth Faried has agreed to terms with the Zhenjiang Guangsha Lions hoops club in China.

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When no other colleges would take a chance on a young golfer, Morehead State's long-time head coach Rex Chaney did, and now 25 years after his career finished, Shawn Armstrong is heading into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Armstrong will be inducted into the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame, along with two other Athletic Hall of Fame members, on the night of Oct. 18 at the University's banquet also honoring Alumni Hall of Fame members and the Founder's Award for University Service. All will be honored at the Homecoming football game at 2 p.m. ET on Oct. 19.

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Nearly 50 years after he competed, Dave Neely is still among rare company in the history of the Morehead State track and field program.

An accomplished high jumper, Neely is now one of the newest members of the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame and the first-ever field-only athlete be inducted.

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With the opening game of the 2019 season for Morehead State football less than a week away, fans who live outside the region or can't make it to Jayne Stadium have plenty of ways to follow the Eagles this year.

All six home games will once again air live on ESPN+, a subscription package that costs just $4.99 per month and includes a plethora of additional exciting programming. All 12 games will air live on the Eagle Sports Radio Network on WIVY-96.3 FM as well as WMST-1150 AM, and all games can be heard via links on http://MSUEagles.com

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Adam Gage has joined the Morehead State men's basketball coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

Gage comes to Morehead State by way of the College of Central Florida where he served as a volunteer assistant with the men's basketball team under Head Coach Tim Ryan.

Gage, a native of Beverly Hills, Fla., graduated from Florida Gulf Coast with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science in 2018. In his four years at FGCU, he was a student manager and was a part of two Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title teams and two tournament championship teams.

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Morgan and Lauren Melzer share a special bond. Not only are they sisters, but they both got the opportunity to play college soccer together on the same Morehead State team. Now they are both excelling in their careers post-college - one making positive strides in human healthcare with the other excelling in animal healthcare.

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The Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll is awarded to students who have been eligible during their entire competitive athletic season as well as achieving a minimum 3.25 grade point average during the academic year.

100 student-athletes at Morehead State did just that for the 2018-19 season.

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The Morehead State Soccer program has hired former Nebraska goalkeeper Lauren Smith as a graduate assistant coach.

Smith, who is a native of Glenview, Ill., played four seasons for the Cornhuskers in goal. During that time the Nebraska Soccer program racked up 37 wins and qualified for the NCAA Tournament during her sophomore campaign in 2011. In the classroom, Smith was recognized as Academic All-Big Ten as a junior and senior while also achieving six-time status to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during her four years.

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Two Morehead State women's basketball alums, and former teammates, will be bestowed a prestigious honor this weekend when they are inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

Robin (Harmon) Newsome and Irene (Moore) Strong (both of whom played at MSU from 1978-82) are part of the class of 2019 who will be inducted on Saturday at the State Theater in Elizabethtown. The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Elizabethtown.

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With the opening of fall camp set to begin this week, the Morehead State football program has added 23 freshmen for its upcoming 2019 season. In addition to the freshmen newcomers, there are nine transfers planning to join the 2019 roster, giving the Eagles 32 new players.

Of the 32 additions, there are 20 offensive players, 11 defensive players, and one kicker.

On the offensive side, the Eagles inked players at wide receiver, tight end, slot receiver, offensive line, quarterback and running back.

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As Morehead State beach volleyball prepares for its fourth season of competition, a new and familiar conference affiliation is on the horizon.

"This is a big day for Morehead State and the Ohio Valley Conference," said interim director of athletics and head coach Jaime Gordon. "Establishing beach volleyball as an OVC Championship sport will have a positive impact on our student-athletes."

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Morehead State senior offensive lineman Josh Poe has been selected as a member of the official 2019 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team.

Poe, a 6-4 lineman who has played guard and tackle, was a mainstay on the front line last season, starting all 11 games. He was named Honorable Mention All-PFL.

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Both Morehead State track and field teams rank among the top academic units in the nation as the men's and women's teams both earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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A Purdue University alum, Morgan DePlanty, ATC, has joined the Morehead State staff as assistant athletic trainer. She will work directly with the women's basketball program.

DePlanty recently earned her Master's Degree in athletic training from Illinois State, where she served as a graduate assistant in the sports medicine department working with the football and softball teams.

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