NSU Inducts 2016 Honorees to Athletics Hall of Fame
Gala attendees lauded two former student-athletes and a coach during their induction into the NSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016:
Sandra Changkija, Golf (2007-2011)
Sandra Changkija completed her four-year golfing career at NSU as one of the most decorated student-athletes not only in NSU Athletics, but NCAA history. She is the only NCAA DI, DII or DIII golfer to earn four straight outright National Player of the Year honors, recognized with this prestigious honor by PING/WGCA each of her four years with the program (2008-2011) and was the WGCA National Freshman of the Year in 2008. She was also a four-time WGCA First Team All-American, one of only three in NSU history, and was part of three NCAA National Championship-winning squads (2009, 2010, 2011). Changkija also became the first-ever women's golfer to win an individual national title, which she accomplished in 2010 when the Sharks won their second national championship.
Changkija was a two-time Sunshine State Conference Female Athlete of the Year and the SSC Women's Golfer of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Four times she was named All-SSC First Team (2008-11), and helped lead her squad to the SSC Championship in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Still to this day, she holds program career records for lowest scoring average (73.79), most individual wins (16), most par or better rounds (43), most birdies (328) and most eagles (6). She has single-season scoring average marks that still rank first, second and fourth in women's golf history, and she finished No. 1 in all of DII twice during her collegiate career.
She graduated from NSU with a bachelor's degree in business management. She is currently in her 5th season on the LPGA Tour and resides in Orlando, Florida.
Kevin Marsh, Head Coach Men's & Women's Golf (2005-2011)
Kevin Marsh took the Nova Southeastern University men's and women's golf programs to unprecedented heights, not only for the school but on the national level during his seven-year tenure with the Sharks. He broke through the glass ceiling by leading the women's golf team to the school's first-ever team national championship in 2009, which began a string of three straight for his squads between 2009 and 2011. He also combined for seven Sunshine State Conference team titles (four men's 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011; and three women's 2008, 2009, 2011).
In addition to the 2009 title being the first ever by an NSU team, Marsh earned his first of two NCAA National Women's Coach of the Year awards which was the first national distinction presented to an NSU coach. He earned the recognition again after the women's 2010 national title. He finished his career at NSU earning seven SSC Coach of the Year honors (four women's awards 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; and three men's awards 2007, 2009, 2011), as well as four straight NCAA South Region Women's Coach of the Year awards from 2008-2011. He coached two individual National Champions (Sandra Changkija, 2010 and Taylor Collins, 2011), four National Players of the Year, three National Freshmen of the Year, 21 All-Americans, four SSC Players of the Year and four SSC Freshmen of the Year.
He is currently the Vice President of JP Sports & Entertainment. He resides in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Ashleigh, their daughter Mackenzie (7), and son Cameron (2).
Stephanie Sarosi, Women's Basketball (2007-2011)
Stephanie Sarosi's name continues to rest at or near the top of nearly all of the women's basketball record lists. In just three seasons with the Sharks, she ranks first in career field goals made (683) and blocked shots (266), third in points (1,655) and rebounds (806) and fifth in free throws made (269). She was only the third 1,000-point scorer in history, and was twice named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009. All three years, she was All-SSC First Team and Daktronics, Inc. All-South Region First Team. Daktronics, Inc. also chose her as a 2009 All-American.
In 2008, she led the Shark women to their first-ever SSC regular season and conference tournament titles, was named the SSC Championship MVP, and the team qualified for their first NCAA South Regional Tournament appearance during the NCAA era. The following year (2009), she set the all-time mark for points scored in a single-season (621), which holds to this day, and she dominates the single-season marks for blocked shots (first, second and third) and field goals made (first, second and fourth). Additionally, she has the only triple double in women's program history, with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots which she set at Florida Tech on January 21, 2009.
She graduated from NSU with bachelor's degrees in biology (2011), exercise & sport science (2011), and vision science (2015). This past May, she earned her doctorate of optometry degree. She is currently completing an optometry residency in primary care at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Greenville, South Carolina.