Jan. 31, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - As the lone junior on the Miami University women's soccer team this year, Jess Kodiak will be looked up to for leadership heading into the spring season and during the 2012 campaign. She was officially named team captain on Tuesday, head coach Bobby Kramig announced.
"Jess represents everything we want Miami Soccer to be about. She's a terrific player with a strong work ethic, she sets high standards for herself and others and she is a great role model for her teammates and those aspiring to be her teammates," Kramig said. "If you want to know how to be successful in our program, look at Jess."
Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) has appeared in 60 games for the RedHawks, missing just one game in her career, which came as a freshman. She has started 47 of those games, including every game over the last two seasons, and 45 consecutive contests dating back to her freshman year. Kodiak has improved her production on the pitch each season and has 20 career goals, including five game-winners, 14 career assists and 54 career points.
"Being captain is not an easy job. There's a lot of pressure that comes with the position -- pressure not only to perform but to help and encourage others to perform," Kramig added. "I have very high expectations of our captain, expectations that are not always easy to meet. Yes, it's an honor to wear the arm band but there's an awful lot of work that goes into doing the job the right way. I trust Jess to give the team everything she's got and I trust our team to do the same for her."
Kodiak has captured awards each year she has played for the RedHawks. She was named to the Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team in her first year in Oxford when she totaled eight points. As a sophomore in 2010 she earned All-MAC Tournament Team honors and led the MAC with 24 points on eight goals and eight assists. This past season, the midfielder/forward was named First-Team All-MAC, All-Ohio and Third-Team All-Great Lakes Region after leading Miami with 22 points and a career-high nine goals while her 1.22 points per game were second in the conference.
Kodiak has also been a leader in the classroom as she is a two-time Academic All-MAC selection, earning the honor each of the last two years (freshmen are not eligible for the award) and also was named Academic All-Ohio as a junior. She is a supply chain and operations management major and carries a 3.25 grade-point average.
Kodiak will lead the RedHawks into spring action, which starts March 31 at Louisville.