25 Years of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics at Miami University

Schedule of Events
History/Timeline of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics at Miami
Women's Recreation Association
Miami Women's Athletics represented in the Athletic Hall of Fame
Miami University Female Athletes of the Year
Images of Women's Sports at Miami
MAC Championsips
Women's Sports Links on the World Wide Web

During the 1999-2000 academic year the Athletic Department is pleased to recognize the impact of women's intercollegiate athletics at Miami University. The first female student was admitted to Miami University in 1887, but it was not until 1975 that the women's progam was "officially" recognized as part of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Since that time the program has grown to eleven sports which offer participation opportunities to over 250 women. The women's programs have won 36 Mid-American Conference Championships and one National Championship, have participated in NCAA/AIAW National Championships over 50 times as either teams or individuals, have inducted nine women into the Athletic Hall of Fame, have recognized 21 women as Miami University Female Athletes of the Year and have had more than 370 women receive Mid-American Conference recognition for outstanding athletic ability. Additionally, over 250 women have recieved Mid-American Conference academic Recognition.

This year we are celebrating the pioneer spirit of women like Margaret Phillips, Margaret Shaw and Mary Ellen Landon, and women like Carol Clarke Johnson '50 (this year's Homecoming Grand Marshal) whose competition at Miami provided the foundation for a career as a professional women's golf coach and teacher. We're celebrating the many women, such as long-time athletic coach and administrator Phyllis Bailey, '48, who have added their legacy to the famed "Cradle of Coaches" by providing leadership and competitive opportunities for young women. We are celebrating the foresight of Dr. Phillip Shriver, Elaine Hieber and Richard Shrider who led women's sports into the intercollegiate arena, and women like Maria Fantanarosa, '90, who reaped the benefit of the modern era of women's athletics as a basketball player and who has now returned to coach at her alma mater. We're celebrating the outstanding athletic accomplishments of our current female athletes, their academic excellence and the positive role models they are for young women. We are clebrating the sprit of women - past, present and future - for whom sports has been a true love, and who, like Lori Seitzinger, '97, proclaim: "playing soccer at Miami was one of my greatest achievements. It ... was an incredible and fulfilling experience."

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Last updated 8/23/99