Mount inducts new alumnae into Athletic Hall of Fame

By: Jessica Lewis

File Under: athletic hall of fame, homecoming

Three former athletes from the College of Mount St. Joseph will be inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 19, to kick off Homecoming Weekend. The program will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m.. followed by dinner and the program in the Fifth Third Bank Hall at the Mount. The evening will be emceed by William J. Keating, Jr., of Keating, Muething & Klekamp, LLP.

This is the third recognition ceremony honoring inductees since the Athletic Hall of Fame debuted two years ago and the second for former Mount athletes. This year’s honorees include: Jean Ann Doerger Tucker, former volleyball and basketball player; Joan Shadley Mazzaro-Epping, former volleyball and basketball player; and Peg Bradley-Doppes, former volleyball player.

“When the Mount began offering athletics, it was an all-female college,” said Lisa Odenbeck, director of development. “These women, who were among the College’s first groups of athletes, really helped build the athletic program to what it has become today. This is our opportunity to thank them for laying the groundwork so other student-athletes could continue to build on their successes.”

The alumnae being inducted will join six other members of the Mount’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

“The number of athletic programs the Mount began with years ago has grown tremendously,” said Steve Radcliffe, athletic director. “Last year, we honored three women who were outstanding members of our athletic program. This year, we are proud to honor more of our standout players who left their mark on Mount athletics.”

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 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. Today, Jean Ann teaches at Annunciation School in Clifton, where she enjoys helping to shape the lives of her young students.

Joan Shadley Mazzaro-Epping ’76

As a star volleyball and basketball player at the Mount, Joan Shadley Mazzaro-Epping 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, and 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. She now lives in Lake Wylie, S.C..

Peg Bradley-Doppes ’79

Peg Bradley-Doppes has been involved in sports her entire life. She was a multi-sport athlete at St. Ursula Academy and went on to become a volleyball standout at the Mount. During her college career she garnered many honors, including Honorable Mention All-America 1977-78, member of the OAISW All-Tournament Team, Tournament MVP 1978-79 and a USVBA All-American. A 31-year veteran of collegiate sports, Peg has served as director of athletics at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, women’s athletic director and head volleyball coach at the University of Michigan, and head volleyball coach at the University of North Carolina and Miami University. She was the youngest coach ever to reach 300 Division I victories. Today, she is the vice chancellor for athletics, recreation and Ritchie Center Operations at the University of Denver. Her honors and awards include being named Athletic Director of the Year four times by NACDA, Alumni Career Achievement Award from the Mount in 1996 and the first person to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at St. Ursula Academy.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.