Sat. Dec 10th, 2022

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of Title IX, Ohio Northern College is sharing the tales of some iconic feminine athletes from the previous. Uncover how their participation in ONU Athletics influenced their future course. 

From faculty participant to collegiate coach

Kim McGowan, BA ’12, was a prime competitor on Ohio Northern College’s girls’s soccer crew. In the present day, she’s main a brand new technology of collegiate soccer gamers as the top coach at Austin Peay State College in Clarksville, Tennessee. 

At ONU, she made historical past as a member of the primary girls’s soccer crew to make it to the NCAA Division III event and to win an NCAA event sport.

“I like that going to the NCAA event is now the usual (for ONU girls’s soccer) and it’s only a query of how far they will go,” she says.

Taking part in soccer at ONU gave McGowan lifelong mates and supporters. “Going again to campus, seeing previous coaches and professors, and figuring out that they believed in a a lot youthful model of who I’m at present, is one thing I’m past appreciative of,” she says. “I’m all the time proud to be a Polar Bear.”

Soccer is a “gamers’ sport,” says McGowan, as a result of there are not any timeouts and no particular sport plans that all the time work. That’s what she loves in regards to the sport. “The sport of soccer is seen, coached and executed in another way from all views.” 

Earlier than taking the top coach place at Austin Peay, McGowan coached within the girls’s soccer applications at Miami (Ohio) College, Hiram School and Agnes Scott School, whereas main applications at Olivet School and Thomas Extra College. Her philosophy as a coach is easy: work, compete, enjoyable. 

“Your work fee and stage of competitiveness that you just convey are fully controllable. I consider that if you’re working your hardest and competing on the highest stage, you might be having essentially the most enjoyable,” she says. 

By no means stopped operating

Within the late Nineties, at Ohio Northern College, and he or she hasn’t stopped operating since.

Mandy recollects that she was “nonetheless very naive to school racing” when she certified for the NCAA Nationwide Cross-Nation Championship in 1996. Her ONU coaches not solely ready her mentally and bodily to compete at this stage, they motivated her to proceed reaching for the celebs.

By cross nation, Mandy met lifelong mates and her partner, Brian Yates, BSEE ’01. “Brian and I loved operating collectively a lot we determined to develop into lifelong operating companions by getting married in 2002!” 

ONU inducted Mandy, who was a 1997 All-American and one of many cross nation program’s all-time greats, into the Athletic Corridor of Fame in 2011.

In the present day, Mandy is a pharmacist and likewise the coach for the cross nation crew at her youngsters’s highschool in Florida. She and Brian proceed to run collectively and in 2011 they each ran the Boston Marathon. Mandy additionally certified and ran within the Marathon Olympic Trials in 2012. Previously few years, the couple has began competing in a brand new sort of racing known as SwimRun, which is a mixture of swimming and operating. 

“Operating is a ardour of mine,” says Mandy, “I like how operating is one thing that everybody can take part in. Every runner could make and attempt to satisfy their very own objectives. I like sharing my ardour with my household and different folks in my neighborhood.”

Her recommendation to at present’s ONU cross nation student-athletes? “Life is a big journey. There might be nice occasions and never so nice occasions. Keep in mind one of the best elements, study from the remaining and transfer on. Most vital of all—Maintain Operating!”

True ardour for competing and training

Reflecting on the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX, Maggi Williams, BA ’77, the primary African American lady on ONU’s volleyball crew, says “girls’s sports activities have and wanted to come back a great distance.” 

She recollects carrying the identical uniform for years and never having ample transportation for video games within the 70s. “And I’ll all the time bear in mind getting out of sophistication and going to Ada park to drive the tractor for softball sport prep!” 

Maggi grew up in a household of 13 youngsters and her dad died of an aneurysm when she was simply 12 years previous. She was the primary in her household to go to school, so she positioned a variety of strain on herself to do effectively. She excelled in three sports activities at ONU: volleyball, basketball and softball.

“I used to be blessed to be coached by caring, skilled and clever coaches who instilled nice work habits, pleasure and data in regards to the sport and life,” she says. “(I encountered) so many caring {and professional} folks on campus. I all the time might be grateful.”

Maggi turned her gratitude into motion, and devoted her total profession to being a caring instructor and coach. After ONU, she joined the workers at Sidney Native Faculties (her hometown) the place she coached varsity softball (5 years) and basketball (19 years) and taught well being and bodily training for 35 years. She then continued as affiliate athletic director, retiring in Might 2021 for whole of 43 years! 

Maggi was inducted into ONU’s Athletic Corridor of Fame in 1990. This fall, she was inducted into the Sidney Excessive College Corridor of Fame. 

Her recommendation to ONU feminine athletes: “Cherish the various alternatives at prestigious ONU as a result of the coaches and athletes struggled to get them… And benefit from the experience!”

Sisters in sports activities

For the Kanukel sisters, their favourite spotlight from ONU Volleyball was attending to play on the identical crew for 2 seasons. 

Hannah (Kanukel) Creager, BSBA ’05, and Karlee (Kanukel) Badenhop, BSBA ’07, additionally level to extra wonderful highlights, like being OAC Common Season Champs/Co-Champs, OAC Match Champs and making NCAA event appearances for six out of the six years.

They’re grateful for the sturdy girls who, many years earlier, paved the best way for them to play sports activities at a excessive stage. 

Karlee says: “I used to be definitely blessed to reap the advantages of those that pushed for Title IX and endured the difficulties of taking part in/teaching feminine athletes 50+ years in the past. Since then, we have now seen vital development in feminine athletics from youth to skilled, making the extent of competitors sky rocket.” 

She provides that she needs to maintain pushing forward for her daughter. “I need her to know that she ought to by no means lose sight of what makes us distinctive, what makes us sturdy, what makes us girls.”

Taking part in volleyball at ONU taught the sisters life abilities, together with resilience, confidence, self-discipline and a development mentality, they are saying.

 “The tradition of household that I used to be part of throughout my years as a Polar Bear helped to form me into the girl I’m at present,” says Hannah. 

Karlee provides: “I usually inform folks my experiences at ONU made me a greater particular person.”

The 2 sisters share extra in widespread than simply volleyball. They each met their husbands at ONU they usually each have 4 youngsters!

Mother know finest

Lisa McFadden, BS ’96, dug into her closet and lo and behold she nonetheless had it: her 1995 pullover emblazoned together with her ONU Volleyball jersey quantity!

Lisa is thrilled to put on the pullover as soon as once more, this time in . A senior train physiology main, Lea is sporting fortunate #13 on her jersey this season, the identical quantity her mother wore.

For mom and daughter, taking part in volleyball at ONU is one thing they’ll all the time cherish. 

Lea says: “To play volleyball at Ohio Northern College means to be a part of one thing greater than myself. I’ve realized what it means to take duty, earn respect, cherish teamwork, and search dedication all whereas being a student-athlete at ONU.”

Lisa provides: “There may be only a particular bond that developed between teammates and coaches whereas I performed volleyball at ONU. Even once you haven’t seen a teammate for a number of years, you’ll be able to simply decide up proper the place you left off.”

She continues: “I’ve such pleasure being a Polar Bear volleyball participant, and I feel that pleasure is multiplied having Lea be one, too. I’ve instructed so many tales of taking part in volleyball at ONU to my youngsters over time. (My youngsters all the time inform me that they’ve already heard that story, however I maintain telling them anyway – ha ha ha!) Now, Lea may have her personal tales to inform her youngsters someday. It’s so cool to see her in #13. It brings again so many nice reminiscences for me!”


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