NEW CONCORD The Ohio Athletic Conference has named Muskingum University junior Steve Stooksbury (Centerburg/Highland) as the OAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for March. Stooksbury is an exceptional student-athlete who excels both in the classroom and on the field of competition.
Stooksbury, a special education major and Deans List honoree, is a two-sport standout for the Muskies in football and track and field. Last year, he was honored with the Roy Red Turner Strive for Excellence Award. The Strive for Excellence Award is awarded annually to honor an athlete who unselfishly contributes to the athletic program. The award specifically requires the athlete to be involved in two sports.
This past fall, he helped anchor Muskingums nationally-touted defense from his defensive end position. Stooksbury led the team in tackles for loss with 7.5, was sixth on the team with 44 stops and recorded four sacks with one forced fumble. Muskingum ranked fourth in the nation in sacks per game and 20th in rushing defense. Stooksbury was honored for his play by being named Honorable Mention All-Ohio Athletic Conference.
Steve has done a great job representing the Muskingum football program and is the epitome of the scholar student-athlete, said Head Coach Al Logan. Hes an unbelievable hard-worker, who leads by example. He takes pride in everything he does and it shows in his work ethic.
Stooksburys success in track and field has helped elevate Muskingum into the regional spotlight. He has shined in the shot put and weight throw and routinely places in the top tier of the field and has advanced to the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships.
Steve has been a great asset to Muskingums track and field program, said Head Coach Jake Gleason. He is the cornerstone to the throws group and works hard every day and always has a positive attitude. He has had a great track and field career and we expect him to continue to excel for us in the shot put ring and in the classroom.
Stooksburys involvement at Muskingum extends beyond the field of play and the classroom. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Lambda Sigma Honorary.
FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. Lambda Sigma is a national honor society for second year men and women dedicated to the purpose of fostering leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and the spirit of service among college students, and to promoting the interests of the college or university in every possible way.
Stooksbury also finds time to work as one of the lead teachers at the Muskingum University Center for Child Development, which is one of the top child development centers in southeastern Ohio.