COLUMBUS, Ohio – After leading the Buckeyes to the NCAA men’s volleyball title, Steven Kehoe has been named the 2011 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, the department of athletics announced Wednesday. The first team All-American and MIVA Player of the Year, who earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration Sunday, was also the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor winner as the outstanding male senior student-athlete at Ohio State.
Kehoe is the first volleyball player to be named Ohio State’s male athlete of the year. He is now on the ballot for the Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year award.
North Bend, Ohio, native Kehoe, a three-year starter, helped the Buckeyes win the 2011 NCAA Championship and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the championship. This past season, he was a first team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American, a first-team selection and player of the year in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the MIVA Tournament after leading the Buckeyes to the regular season and tournament championships. He was the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference statistical champion in assists per set at 11.08 and ranked fifth nationally at 11.56.
In 2010, Kehoe was a second team AVCA All-American, the MIVA Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. He was named to the MIVA All-Tournament team as the Buckeyes won both the regular season and tournament championships. He also was a first team all-conference selection in 2009.
He is a three-time MIVA Academic All-Conference and Academic All-Big Ten choice and was a five-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selection. In addition to the Big Ten Medal of Honor, he received a Corwin A. Fergus Memorial scholarship.
The 2011 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year will be announced Thursday.