The prestigious honor has been given to just nine student-athletes in the 13 year history of the award.
Widely recognized as on of the Mid-American Conference's best outfielders in a four-year career at Ohio, Phil Sabatini will remain in the Bobcat dugout for the 2006 season as an undergraduate assistant coach.
Sabatini, an Oakmont, Pa., native, spent his senior season at Ohio serving as the squad's co-captain. One of the most durable players on the team, Sabatini earned the start in 159 games over the final three years of his career.
A staple in the Ohio outfield, Sabatini was a member of the 2003 All-MAC Tournament Team after hitting .444 with a home run and six RBIs in four playoff games. Prior to his junior year, Sabatini was named to Collegiate Baseball's "Top Players to Watch List" and Baseball America's preseason all-conference team.
He hit an even .300 as a junior with seven home runs, 11 doubles and 38 RBIs. A year later, Sabatini led the Bobcats with 45 runs scored and 25 walks as a senior. He finished second on the team with a .396 on-base percentage.
In 2004, Sabatini became the first Ohio student-athlete in any sport to reach the Ultimate Elite Athlete level in Ohio's new strength and conditioning program. He left Ohio as the only two-time Ultimate Elite Athlete. In March of 2005, Sabatini was tabbed a strength and conditioning All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Sabatini is currently finishing his degree in physical education at Ohio University.