For the first time in school history, a volleyball player has been named the best male athlete at Ohio State.
Senior setter Steven Kehoe was named the Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday after leading the Buckeyes to their first NCAA championship in program history.
Kehoe finished the season fifth in the nation with a 11.56 assists per game average and was selected as the MIVA Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. The three-year starter was also named to the AVCA First-Team All American.
Ohio State became the first time in more than 40 years to win five consecutive regular season MIVA championships and won the MIVA Tournament for the fourth straight year to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
The Buckeyes defeated Penn State and UC Santa Barbara in the four-team NCAA Tournament to win the national championship. It was the first time since men’s volleyball became a NCAA sanctioned sport in 1970 that a team from the Midwest legally win the championship.
Kehoe graduated from Ohio State on Sunday with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After winning this school award, he is also now on the ballot for the Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year award.