Former KU Goalkeeper Baugh Wins McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship

July 27, 2012

CLEVELAND – Former KU soccer goalkeeper Stephanie Baugh has earned one of five 2012 John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards, which were announced by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) on Friday.

The five winners will each receive a $10,000 grant to be used towards postgraduate studies in athletics administration. Funding for the scholarship program has been provided in part by NACDA; the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC); the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA); the National Basketball Association (NBA); the Cleveland Cavaliers; Major League Baseball (MLB); and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Baugh earned an undergraduate degree in sports management at KU in 2009. As a member of the women’s soccer team from 2007-08, Baugh was a First-Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree in 2008 and a Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection multiple times in her career. She was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action Leadership Team.

After graduation, Baugh obtained intern positions for the Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Kansas City Wizards, Raywells Event Management & Marketing and for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). She is currently an intern for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). While at NACWAA, she has assisted in planning the NACWAA Convention, and led the Convention and programming analysis. Baugh will pursue an MBA in sports business through the Warsaw Center at the University of Oregon.

The scholarships are named after University of Kansas grad, legendary basketball coach and innovator John McLendon. McLendon, who studied at KU under the inventor of basketball, James Naismith, went on to coach NAIA Championship teams at Tennessee A&I. He served on the U.S. Olympic basketball staff in 1968 and 1972, was the first African-American to coach at a predominantly white university (Cleveland State) and held several collegiate administrative positions.

The other 2012 scholarship winners are Orlando Gunn (Louisiana State University), Jaleesa Rhoden (Georgia), Marcus Hilliard (Tennessee) and Jacqueline Leung (Denver). Winners are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level.