Mount St. Joseph University began an Athletic Hall of Fame during the fall of 2010. Housed in the Jean Patrice Harrington, SC, Student Center, the Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of those who helped build the Mount’s strong athletic tradition.
2014 Hall of Fame
The Mount's fifth Hall of Fame class was inducted at a dinner and awards ceremony on Oct, 24, 2014. Those inducted were: Kim Winner Seaver '80, Gerri Crowe Bolin ‘90, and Rico Hill ‘01.
Kim Winner Seaver ’80
A natural on the court, Kim Winner Seaver was a standout volleyball and basketball player at the Mount. Though it was not always easy being a two-sport athlete, Kim enjoyed the challenge and all she accomplished as a student-athlete. Some believe that Kim could easily be one of the Mount’s most well-rounded players. Kim was one of the stars on the volleyball team. She led the team to two league titles, two regional titles and two state titles in 1977 and 1979. In the national tournaments, Kim helped the Lions achieve seventh place (1977) and third place (1979). Equally as talented in basketball, Kim led the team to win one league title, three league runner-up titles, and state runner-up titles in 1977 and 1979. Over Kim’s four-year basketball career, she scored 1,020 points and pulled down 847 rebounds – the highest number of rebounds by any female basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University. Kim has wonderful memories of her years at the Mount. She played both volleyball and basketball with three friends from high school in Minster: Pat Borges Nymberg, Nann Meyer-Stechschulte and Kathy Swink. She felt privileged to play with such athletes as Julie Biermann, Peg Bradley-Doppes and Sue Holmes Vulhop, all members of the Mount’s AHOF. During her career in special education, she taught in Butler County programs, Lakota Schools and Minster Local Schools. She also coached the junior varsity volleyball team at Lakota High School, and was an assistant coach of the volleyball and track teams in Minster, Ohio. Kim earned a master’s degree and certification in school counseling from the University of Dayton, and is now a guidance counselor at Minster Junior/Senior High School.
Gerri Crowe Bolin ’90
Gerri Crowe Bolin was an outstanding basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University, as well as a dedicated student. During high school she remained focused on her goals to obtain a degree in teaching and to play basketball in college. She knew about the Mount’s reputation for stellar athletics and education and was excited when she was accepted, especially to work with Basketball Coach Jean Dowell. Through hard work and patience, under the guidance of her coach, Gerri perfected her skills in the game to help the team win game after game. By the end of her college basketball career, Gerri had scored 1,381 points and 194 steals. Coaches and players often commented on how Gerri could “fly” and “jump out of her shoes” during games. Her athletic prowess led to being named All-State twice, All-District three times and Ohio Player of the Week numerous times. Gerri has many fond memories of playing at the Mount, especially the game against Marian College in 1988. She received an inbound pass and launched a shot from 19 feet. She banked the shot and won the game, which gave the Lions a berth to the NAIA District 22 Tournament that year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the Mount and master’s degree in educational administration from Clemson University. During her career in education, she’s worked in a variety of schools in the Greater Cincinnati area and Greenville, South Carolina. Gerri now teaches 5th grade at Ross Middle School and hopes to soon implement technology into the classroom. Gerri was inducted into the Western Brown High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999, and the high school retired her basketball jersey in 2002. Professionally she’s been honored as Teacher of the Year at Grove Elementary in Greenville, South Carolina, and an Excellence in Teaching Award from Ross Local Schools.
Rico Hill ’01
Rico Hill was a valued member of the Mount’s wrestling team and an outstanding student-athlete. Coaches said his hard work and dedication was contagious, as he helped inspire his teammates. Over his four years in college, Rico became one of the most versatile athletes at the Mount. He began as a member of the wrestling team and by his senior year, he was competing in both wrestling and as the starting defensive back on the Lions football team. He excelled in the classroom and was named an Academic All-American in 1998 and 2000. Rico’s love and passion for wrestling was apparent as he continued to progress over the years. The skills he perfected helped earn Rico many awards and nominations. He was a three-time national qualifier, two-time Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) champion, a two-time Midwest Regional champion and undefeated in the NCAA National Duals. He ended his wrestling career with 127 wins, 17 losses and 55 wins by way of pin. He was also the first male athlete to win an HCAC title for the Mount in any sport. Hill was also the Mount’s first Wrestling All-American. He graduated from the Mount with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health, and holds a master’s degree in education. Rico was the Lions assistant wrestling coach for two years, and an assistant football coach for 10 years. Rico is forever grateful for the education he received and how his experiences helped shape the person he is today. He will forever treasure the priceless relationships that he built at the Mount, and mentors such as former football coach Ron Corradini and Rod Huber. Today Rico is a physical education and health teacher in the Lakota School District, and coaches teams in football, wrestling and fast pitch softball. He also is an instructor for the Cincinnati Reds’ Youth Baseball Camp.
John Hayden is a well-respected business leader and longtime friend of the University. He has been a dedicated leader of the Mount for over 20 years alongside his father, Joseph P. Hayden, Jr. Their partnership with the Mount began when family friend John Pont was hired as the first football coach in1989. Through the Hayden family’s support, the field by the tennis courts on campus was renovated to accommodate football practices, and other activities, and named in honor of John’s grandfather, J. Page Hayden. John shared his father’s passion for football and played for Coach Pont at Northwestern University. As a former player, John understood the importance of supporting student-athletes in all their endeavors in college. He served two terms as a member of the Mount’s Board of Trustees and leant his support in many ways. As president and CEO of the Midland Company, John supported many fundraising ventures such as the Building Excitement Campaign. Midland Plaza, a multipurpose venue at the Sports Complex, serves as a lasting testament of his commitment. A savvy business leader, John shared his wisdom and experiences with Mount students as a member of the Business Lecture Series panels. The series gave students the opportunity to discuss critical business issues with a number of leaders in the community. John and his wife, Carrie, served as co-chairs of two very successful Spring Jubilees, the annual scholarship benefit. As fundraisers and friend-raisers they invited family, friends and professional colleagues to learn more about the Mount and its students. Over the years, John has shared his time and talent with numerous nonprofit organizations throughout the tri-state such as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, United Way and Miami University. He serves on the board of directors of E.W.Scripps, Ohio National Financial Services, Hauser Private Equity, and previously the Cincinnati USA Chamber Of Commerce, and CincyTech. His passion today is the pursuit of a National Cancer Institute designation for the Cincinnati Cancer Center. John and Carrie contributed to the Thrailkill Student Scholars Research Fund at the University, and are strongly committed to helping students who otherwise would not be able to attend the Mount to fulfill their dreams of a college education.
When Mount St. Joseph University announced the formation of Cincinnati’s newest college football team in February of 1989, no one knew that renowned college coach John Pont would be interested in taking on the challenge. He had been head coach at Yale, Miami and Northwestern universities and led Indiana University to the Rose Bowl, and was eager to help begin a college program. John arrived in July of 1989 to build the new program “from scratch" – blending a staff of seasoned coaches with young players from the Tri-state, some of whom were already enrolled at the Mount. Several of the assistant coaches called John and volunteered their time to have the chance to work with this legendary coach. Without a home field, John negotiated with local high school athletic directors to use their fields for the Mount home games. The Lions played games at Oak Hills High School the first few seasons, and at a variety of other high schools as well as the College Football Hall of Fame (Mason). His commitment to and concern for his players was genuine at all times. “Reach for the stars and while your hands are up in the sky, you never know what may happen, you just may grab hold of a few.” John once used this quote in an inspirational pre-game talk to the football athletes. John helped to spread the news about football, the first sport for men at the Mount. He was a great fundraiser and friend-raiser for the University, and introduced many who became lifelong friends of the Mount – such as the Hayden family. Though John left the University at the end of the 1992 season to start a professional football team in Japan, he and his wife stayed in contact with his former colleagues and players. They remained committed to the Mount through many campaigns and continued to hold season tickets for football. John died in 2008 after a long illness, but his legacy remains. The Mount proudly presents the Champion Award to Sandy Pont in memory of her husband John.
2013 Hall of Fame
The Mount's fourth Hall of Fame class was inducted at a dinner and awards ceremony on Oct, 18, 2013. Those inducted were: Jane Siemer '76, Sue Holmes Vulhop '79, and DeAnn Schroeder Kiefer '92.
Jane Siemer ’76
Jane Siemer has been involved in athletic competition her entire life. At the Mount she was a four-year starter on the 1972, 1973 and 1974 volleyball state finalist teams. She played an integral role on the 1975 team that won the state championship and played in the regional championship game. After college Jane coached volleyball and continued to play for such teams as the Ohio Valley Region AA Championship Teams, Great Lakes Regional Championship Teams, USA National Championship Teams, and US Global 50+ Team. She was named the Ohio Valley MVP in 1979, USA Volleyball National MVP five times and received All-American/All-Tournament honors 15 times at USA Volleyball National Tournaments. Jane taught physical education in Cincinnati Public Schools for 31 years. Over the years she has achieved many accolades such as the Master Sportswoman of the Year by the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association and induction into the Southwestern Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Sue Holmes Vulhop ’79
Sue Holmes Vulhop was excited to join the Mount’s outstanding volleyball team in 1975. She was a starter on the 1975 team that finished 13th in the nation, the 1976 team that finished seventh in the nation and the 1977 team that finished third in the nation. Her college career records include Best Blocker in 1975; Best Offensive Player Award in 1975, 1976, 1977; and an All-American in 1977. She was also nominated for Outstanding Woman Athlete of the year for Intercollegiate Athletes for Women. After graduation she competed in the United States Volleyball Association for a number of years. She was an assistant volleyball coach at the Mount, and served as the volleyball coordinator at St. Ignatius Loyola for 12 years, where she has coached both boys and girls. An employee of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services since 1979, she is currently an intervention specialist at Margaret B. Rost School in Cincinnati.
DeAnn Schroeder Kiefer ’92
Over her four-year college basketball career, DeAnn Schroeder Kiefer recorded 1,135 points, 735 rebounds, 569 blocked shots, with a record of 91-21. She was an outstanding scorer and rebounder. DeAnn was NAIA All District 22 as a junior and senior and was the district’s Co-Player of the Year as a senior. In 1992, she led the NAIA with 176 blocked shots and was a member of the All-Tournament NAIA Team. In her senior year, DeAnn led the Mount to the NAIA District 22 Championship and an eighth place seed in the NAIA National Tournament in Monmouth, Ore. She played a key role in the Mount’s 77-75 quarterfinals win over Northern Montana State University to advance to the Final Four. Today, DeAnn is a home health occupational therapist for the Visiting Nurse Association. She has been inducted into the Bishop Brossart High School Hall of Fame and the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.
Michael T. Schueler
This year the College of Mount St. Joseph proudly presents the first Champion Award to Mike Schueler, a former member of the Mount’s Board of Trustees and a long-time friend of the College. A dedicated leader for the Mount for over two decades, Mike has served several terms as a member of the Board of Trustees and on a numerous committees. He supported such campaigns as the Forward Fund, Vision 2000 and Building Excitement. The Doris and Ted Schueler Courtyard in the Harrington Center and Schueler Field serve as lasting testaments to his devotion to the College and its students. He has been a devoted fan and supporter of the athletics program and our student-athletes. Behind the scenes he has quietly made it possible for students to travel by bus to NCAA playoff games, attend the Athletic Hall of Fame and a variety of other projects. Mike is president of Henkle-Schueler & Associates.
2012 Hall of Fame
The Mount's third Hall of Fame class was inducted a dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 19. 2012. Those inducted were: Peg Bradley Doppes '79, Joan Shadley-Mazzaro Eppling '76, and Jean Ann Doerger Tucker '71.
Peg Bradley-Doppes ’79
Peg Bradley-Doppes has been involved in sports her entire life. She achieved greatness at St. Ursula High School and became a volleyball standout at the Mount. During her college career she garnered many honors, including Honorable Mention All-America 1977-1978, member of the OAISW All-Tournament Team, Tournament MVP 1978-1979, and participated in the Midwest AIAW Regional 1978-1979. A 31-year veteran of collegiate sports, Peg has served as director of athletics at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, senior associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator at University of Michigan, and head volleyball coach at the University of Michigan, University of North Carolina and Miami University. Today she is the vice chancellor for athletics and recreation and Ritchie Center Operations at the University of Denver. Peg received the Mount's Alumni Career Achievement Award in 1996, and was the first person to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at St. Ursula High School.
Joan Shadley Mazzaro-Epping ’76
Joan Shadley Mazzaro-Epping was a star volleyball and basketball player at the Mount. She played on the state volleyball championship team in 1975, on two regional championship teams, and competed in two national tournaments. In basketball, Joan led the team to titles in 1973 and 1976, and received the MVP award twice. Throughout her 13 years at Notre Dame Academy in Northern Kentucky, she coached a variety of sports including basketball, cross county, golf, and swimming. Her teams won 12 regional volleyball championships, seven state volleyball championships and three runner-up titles. She was named Coach of the Year in volleyball, and Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1986 by The Kentucky Post, as well as the Northern Kentucky Golf Coach of the Year in 1982. Joan has been inducted into the Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, Notre Dame Academy’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Buddy LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Jean Ann Doerger Tucker ’71
Jean Ann Doerger Tucker was a strong competitor and leader, both on and off the court. She led the Mount’s volleyball team to win the first-ever Ohio Intercollegiate State Tournament in 1969, and was a part of the team that played in the first volleyball national championship in Long Beach, Calif. She was also was an exceptional and agile basketball player who assisted in leading the basketball team to the first Ohio Intercollegiate Tournament in 1971. After college, Jean Ann taught physical education at Our Lady of Angels High School, where she also coached all of the interscholastic sports for six years. She continued to play competitive volleyball for many years. Over the years she stayed involved in sports by coaching her children’s volleyball and basketball teams while they were in grade school. Today Jean Ann teaches at Annunciation School in Clifton, where she enjoys helping to shape the lives of her young students.
2011 Hall of Fame
The College of Mount St. Joseph hosted the 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Friday, October 21, 2011. The inductees for the class of 2011 were Mary Biermann ’71, Jane Scheper Meier ’73 and Julie Biermann ’80. Reception began at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program.
Mary Biermann ’71
An outstanding volleyball player, Mary Biermann was a part of the Mount team that won its first-ever state volleyball tournament in 1970. She graduated with a degree in physical education and began a teaching and coaching career at the high school and collegiate level, eventually returning to the Mount as head volleyball coach 1980-88, where she compiled a record of 212-146. Mary was appointed by Northern Kentucky University to serve as head volleyball coach in 1989 and stayed until she retired in 2000. Her stellar career included the team’s appearance at the NCAA Division II Final Four in 1999, and receiving such titles as GLVC Coach of the Year and Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year. She played in eight slow-pitch softball National Tournaments, and was selected to the All-World Team in 1980. Mary is a member of NKU’s Athletics Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Valley Conference Hall of Fame.
Julie Biermann ’80
Julie Biermann was a model student-athlete in college: a stellar two-sport athlete who was also an outstanding student. She was a standout volleyball player at the Mount and made the OAISW All Tournament Team in 1978-79 and 1979-80. She earned the MVP title in basketball four straight years, and still holds the record as the all-time leading scorer for the women’s basketball program with 1,450 points. She was named to the Ohio Small College State Tournament All Tournament Team in 1978-79 and 1979-80, and was All State Division II. Julie was named an Outstanding Scholar Athlete with a 3.98 GPA during the 1979-80 season, and Academic All-America Small College Division. She served as the women’s head volleyball coach, assistant basketball coach and assistant athletic director at the University of Dayton from 1986 to 1994, where she was honored as a conference Coach of the Year three times.
Jane Scheper Meier ’73
Jane Scheper Meier was a standout athlete in volleyball, basketball, swimming, and tennis. She helped lead the Mount to its first two Ohio Intercollegiate Volleyball titles qualifying for the first ever DGWS (AIAW) national championship and its first Ohio Intercollegiate Basketball title. After graduating with a degree in physical education, Jane began her career teaching and coaching at Notre Dame Academy before moving to coach at the college level. At Northern Kentucky University she coached volleyball, softball and women’s basketball leading each sport to national tournament appearances and rankings and in 1988 she was appointed the athletics director. Under Jane’s leadership NKU won 20 NCAA regional championships, made 13 trips to the Final Four, made five championship game appearances, and won two national championships. She oversaw the construction of The Bank of Kentucky Center before retiring in 2009. She was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division II Athletics Directors Association.
2010 Hall of Fame
Alumni, friends and family gathered on the evening of October 15, 2010 to take part in the first induction ceremony and dinner. Honored that evening were AHOF charter members Kay Corcoran, Jean Dowell and Pat Shibinski.
The first volleyball coach at the Mount, Kay compiled a stellar 217-42 record over nine seasons of play (1969-1977). The team won back-to-back state championships in 1969 and 1970, going 15-0 each season. As members of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), the “Mounties” were first in the state and second in the Midwest during the 1975 season, and were first in the state and first in the Midwest in both 1976 and 1977. Kay led the team to a seventh place finish in the AIAW Small College National Tournament and third place finish in the 1977 National Tournament. Kay also served the College as the athletic director from 1970 until 1977. Today Kay lives in Jacksonville, Fla., where she spends her time volunteering throughout the community, playing golf and cheering on the Tennessee Titans.
As a stellar athlete at Western Carolina University, T. Jean Dowell understood what it took to be a good coach, how to motivate players to succeed and to groom champions along the way. Jean was a longtime member of the Mount’s athletic staff; coach of the women’s basketball team (1970-1994) and as the College’s athletic director (1978-1992). Under Jean’s tutelage, the Lions made six straight NAIA District 22 appearances (1988-1993) and in 1992 won their first NAIA District 22 Championship advancing to the Final Four of the NAIA Division II National Tournament in Monmouth, Oregon. She has received the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Foundation Coach of the Year inaugural award, was named the1991 NAIA District 22 Female Administrator of the Year, and inducted into the Communiplex Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. Jean also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Georgia School of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Today Jean lives in Delhi where she is active in local politics and volunteers at a soup kitchen and food pantry, and with the poor and disenfranchised of the area.
For 42 years Pat Shibinski coached and taught at the Mount. She assumed various roles in the Mount’s evolving athletic program in the 1950s and 1960s. She coached field hockey, basketball and volleyball, and she served as chair of physical education. A much-loved teacher and coach, Pat had a major influence on many of the current female and male coaches in Greater Cincinnati. Pat coached the College’s one varsity sport in the 1950s — field hockey — and managed the intramural program. Many consider Pat a trailblazer as she was one of the few women in athletics who worked full time while raising a family. Pat received the Faculty Appreciation Award from the Mount in 1992, and was honored with the Lifetime Service Award from the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association in 2006. She was also inducted into the University of Cincinnati Hall of Fame and the Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Pat still resides in Sayler Park where she remains active in a number of ways, including spending time with her children, grandchild and friends.
Nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame are open to Mount alumni who graduated from the Mount at least 10 years prior to nomination as well as individuals – such as coaches, administration or faculty – who have made valuable contributions to the University’s athletic program.