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1986 - Leann GrimesLeann Grimes Davidge, who coached the Miami women's tennis team to four consecutive championships, was the first woman inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame, taking her place among Miami Athletic greats in the fall of 1986.

A nationally-ranked tennis player, Davidge grew up in Middletown, Ohio,and captured four Big 10 titles before graduating from Ohio StateUniversity in 1978.

She served as coach of the women's tennis team at Miami from 1979-85 and guided her teams to a five-year record of 92-50, including a 25-1 mark in the Mid-American Conference. The MAC honored her as Coach of the Year in both 1981 and 1983.

Leann lost her life in an auto accident in the winter of 1986 while on a recruiting trip.













1989 - Mary Ann Myers
Former Miami basketball great Mary Ann Myers ('82) is the only female athlete in school history to have her jersey retired. After becoming Miami's all-time leading scorer with 1,600 points, the Miami Athletic Advisory Board voted to retire Myers' No. 20 in the spring of 1982.

Myers holds five Miami women's basketball records. She owns thesingle-game steals record with nine steals each in three different games.Her 524 points, 136 free throws and 130 steals are single-season records.Surpassed by Monica Niemann's 1,608 career points set during the 1994-95season, Myers still holds records for most field goals attempted (1,305)and most steals (417).

A two-time first-team all-MAC selection, the 5-4 point guard concluded her senior season by leading Miami to the MAC championship, the Ohio Division Istate title, and a berth in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Tournament.

She was named to the AIAW Kodak All-Region 5 team, as well as the Midwest Regional all-tournament team. She was named Miami's Female Athlete of theYear in 1982 and was inducted into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.

Last year Myers presided as the Grand Marshal for Miami's homecoming festivities.

1991 - Robin Chico Robin Chico earned four letters in swimming from 1975-78 and helped Miami compile a dual-meet record of 23-3 under coaches Claudia Griggs and Grey Wilson. She was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 1991.

For four years she was a national qualifier in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events and the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relay events. She finished 17th at the nationals in the 200-yard butterfly in 1978.

She won Ohio Collegiate Championships in the 50-, 100- and 200-yardbutterfly events; the 200- and 400-yard individual medley; the 200- and 1,650-yard freestyle events, and was a member of four championship relay teams.

Prior to coming to Miami she ranked among the top 25 butterfly swimmers inthe world. She finished 19th in the 100- and 21st in the 200-meter butterfly events in the Olympic Trials in 1972.

1993 - Patricia Bucher Patricia "Tish" Bucher is regarded as one of the greatest female athletes to ever compete for Miami and was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 1993. At the 1992 Mid-American Conference Women's 10th Anniversary Awards, she was recognized as Miami's Athlete of the Decade.Bucher, who was the Miami Athlete of the Year in 1984, was named the MAC Most Outstanding Swimmer four consecutive years (1981-84). Bucher, a native of Potomac, Maryland, holds the MAC record with five individual titles in one meet (1982). She also captured 17 individual championships, 21 including relays, and 24 titles in both MAC and OAISW meets. She qualified for either the NCAA or AIAW Championships three times.
1994 - Kathy Tepe
1994 - Wendy Tepe
Kathy Tepe Bessler and Wendy Tepe Tobergte were among the six inducted into Miami's University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. Twin sisters, Kathy and Wendy were an excellent combination for MU from 1983-86. Among the honors they shared were winning the Leann Grimes Davidge Memorial Award in 1987 and being named co-Female Athletes of the Year for the 1986-87 academic year.

Kathy, a dietetics major, ended her senior year as Miami's all-time leader in kills with 362. She holds Miami single-season records for most kills per game (4.26 in 1985), highest attack percentage (.361 in 1985) and most solo blocks (39 in 1983). She ranked 17th in the country in attack percentage her senior year (.353). Kathy was named all-MidEast Region in 1986 and earned all-MAC honors three years, including first-team in 1985 and 1986.In 1986, she was selected as a third-team academic all-American.

Wendy, an elementary education major, is Miami's all-time leader in solo blocks (108), attack percentage (.325) and highest blocks per game average(1.07). She also holds the single-match record with 30 kills and is among the top five in seven other categories. She ranked 16th in the country in attack percentage her senior year (.355). Like her sister, Wendy was namedto the all-MidEast Region team in 1986 and was a three-time all-MAC selection, including a first-team pick in 1985 and 1986. In 1986, Wendy was named a second-team a GTE Academic All-American.

1995 - Elizabeth Workum Elizabeth 'Elli' Workum was among six individuals inducted into Miami University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.

Workum, who lettered from 1977-80, is the all-time leading scorer in Miami field hockey history. She totaled 197 points during her career, tallying 93 goals and 11 assists. She registered 34 goals and five assists and led Miami to an 18-8-1 record as a senior. That Miami team finished first in Ohio and second in the region and advanced to the AIAW National Tournament.

Miami's 1981 Female Athlete of the Year, Workum led Miami to a four-year mark of 53-22-3 under coach Lil Fesperman. She also threw the javelin for the Miami track and field team.

Workum was inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of the Miami football game on September 23, 1995.

1996 - Dave Jennings The tireless and energetic Dave Jennings has constructed a blueprint for success at Miami. Entering his 18th season at the reins of the program, his winning formula has produced a 124-64 record (.660) in dual meets. Over the past six seasons, Jennings' teams have swam to an impressive 59-16 mark (.787).

Miami teams have not only collected dual meet victories, but have also hoarded the hardware come MAC Championship time. His RedHawks have won four straight conference titles and he has steered five different classes to perfect careers (four years-four titles) at the MAC title meet.

The 1998 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year award is just the most recent honor added to Jennings lengthy list of awards and achievements.

The 1996 inductee into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame, Dave Jennings has earned MAC Coach of the Year honors on nine occasions. He was selected the league's outstanding mentor four consecutive seasons from 1983 through 1986.

Jennings has led the Red Hawks to ten of the school's 11 MAC team titles. He has coached 143 MAC individual and relay champions.

Under Jennings, 23 Miami swimmers have been NCAA qualifiers, 76 have been U.S. Senior National qualifiers and four have been Olympic trial qualifiers. Jennings also has instructed three MAC Scholar-Athletes of the year, a Miami Athlete of the Year, and Miami Athlete of the Decade for the 1980s, Tish Bucher.

Before arriving in Oxford, Jennings was a teacher and the head men's swimming coach at Upper Arlington High School from 1979 through 1982. He was voted Coach of the Year in Ohio following the 1982 season. During his tenure at Upper Arlington, Jennings was also director of the Amateur Upper Arlington Swim Club.

Prior to assuming the coaching position at Upper Arlington, Jennings served as a swimming instructor and coach at Coshocton High School, where he led the school to its first ever individual and team state championships.

Jennings is a 1978 graduate of Ashland College, he earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education. While at Ashland, Jennings was a member of the swimming team that placed second at the Penn-Ohio Championships and ninth at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Originally from Lexington, Ohio, Jennings, his wife Kathy, and sons Blake (13) and Tyler (9), reside in Oxford.

1997 - Kris Livingston
Kris Livingston, a four-year letter winner in women's basketball from 1980-83, was only the second women's basketball athlete to be inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame. Livingston was inducted on August 30, 1997. Kris still ranks fifth at Miami in career scoring (1,226), seventh in career field goal percentage (.489) and sixth in career steals (211).

She was a first-team all-MAC selection as a junior and earned academic all-conference recognition as a senior. She was the team's second-leading scorer her last three years, averaging 12.4 points as a senior, 11.5 as a junior and 11.4 as a sophomore. Miami posted an 81-41 record during her four years, including a 45-15 mark and two MAC championships her last two seasons.

1998 - Pam Wettig Pam Wettig, a former head women's basketball coach at Miami, was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on September 26, 1998.

Wettig served as Miami's first full-time women's coach, as well as the first full-time women's coach in the state of Ohio. During her tenure, she coached basketball and softball, and in 1978-79, was named assistant athletic director.

From 1975-84, Pam compiled a 131-102 basketball record, the most wins of any Miami women's basketball coach, and led three successive teams to 20 or more victories (1981-83). She earned MAC Coach of the Year accolades in 1982 and 1983 after winning a pair of conference titles. In 1981-82, Miami finished with a school-best 24 wins (24-9) and advanced to the AIAW National Tournament.

In addition to personal achievements as a coach, Wettig also tutored Miami Hall of Famers Mary Ann Myers (inducted in 1989), who is the only Miami female athlete to have a jersey retired, and Kris Livingston (inducted in1997).

1999 - Elaine HieberHieber was one of Miami University's pioneers in women's athletics. During her tenure as associate athletics director, she established seven women's varsity sports to compete at the AIAW Division I level, while instituting and expanding grant-in-aid for female student-athletes. The first full-time women's coach at Miami and in the state of Ohio was hired during Hieber's stint-1998 Hall of Fame inductee Pam Wettig.

Hieber also was instrumental in the expansion of the women's staff to include four full-time head coaches, one part-time coach, one part-time assistant coach, one full-time assistant athletic trainer, a full-time equipment manager and a full-time assistant sports information director. In addition to her administrative efforts, Hieber served as the head coach for four sports. She was the head mentor for the basketball, volleyball and softball programs during the 1974 and '75 seasons.

In 1976, she assumed the coaching duties for the tennis program and produced a 43-21 record, which included second-place showings in the Ohio College Women's Tennis Tournament in 1976, '78 and '79. Hieber left Miami's Athletic Department in 1979 to take a position as the associate athletic director at Iowa State. A resident of Ames, Iowa, she is now the senior associate athletic director and senior women's administrator for the Cyclones.

1999 - Karen Lepley Irons As Miami's first MAC Player of the Year in volleyball, Irons set a standard that was not attained for another eight years. The four-year letter winner still owns the best single-season dig per game average (3.89) and has the second-best single-season dig total (451). Her name remains on eight of nine season top-10 lists and seven of 10 career top-10 charts.

Irons became the first athlete in the history of the program to surpass the 1,000-mark for career kills and digs, amassing 1,188 kills and 1,154 digs. She was a first-team all-MAC and America Volleyball Coaches Association all-region selection in 1988 and garnered second-team all-conference recognition in 1987. In 1987 and '88, Irons was chosen to participate in the prestigious Olympic Sports Festival where she won a gold and bronze medal, respectively. She was the first of only two Miami volleyball players to participate in an Olympic Festival. Irons resides in Bellevue, Ohio.


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