Mount Presents the Fifth Annual Athletic Hall of Fame

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By: Amanda Gratsch

File Under: alumnae, athletic hall of fame

Three alumnae from Mount St. Joseph University will be inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 24 to kick off Homecoming Weekend.  This is the fifth recognition ceremony honoring inductees since the Athletic Hall of Fame debuted four years ago.

This year’s inductees include: Kim Winner Seaver '80, former volleyball and basketball player, Gerri Crowe Bolin '90, former basketball player and Rico Hill '01, former wrestler and football player.  Additionally, the event will present the Champion Awards honoring two friends of Mount St. Joseph University who have been devoted fans and supporters of the athletics program and our student-athletes. This year’s award recipients include: John W. Hayden, former member of the Mount’s board and John Pont, former Mount football coach.

Registration and hors d’oeurves will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Seton Center Lobby. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. under a tent in the Quad, followed by the presentation at 7:30 p.m. To purchase your ticket and to find information regarding the Athletic Hall of Fame and Homecoming festivities, please click here.

 

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:

Kim Winner Seaver ‘80

Kim Winner Seaver was a standout volleyball and basketball player at the Mount. 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 her 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. While teaching special education at several schools, she coached junior varsity volleyball and was an assistant coach of volleyball and track teams. 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 Crow Bolin was an outstanding basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University. Through hard work and patience under the guidance of her coach Jean Dowell, Gerri perfected her basketball skills in the game to help the team win game after game. By the end of her college career, Gerri had scored 1,381 points and 194 steals.  Her athletic prowess led to being named All-State twice, All-District three times and Ohio Player of the Week numerous times. During her 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.  Gerri holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Clemson University, and currently teaches 5th grade at Ross Middle School. She was inducted into the Western Brown High School Hall of Fame in 1999 at her former high school. 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.  Over his four years in college, Rico became 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. Rico’s passion for wrestling was apparent as he continued to progress over the years. Rico 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. Rico holds a master’s degree in education. He was the Lions assistant wrestling coach for two years, and an assistant football coach for ten years. 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.

 

Champion Award Recipients:

John W. Hayden

The Mount presents the Champion Award to John W. Hayden, a well-respected business leader and longtime friend of Mount St. Joseph University.  He has been a dedicated leader of the Mount for over 20 years alongside his father, Joseph P. Hayden Jr. He served two terms as a member of the Mount’s Board of Trustees and lent his support in many ways. As president and CEO of the Midland Company, John supported many fundraising ventures such as building Excitement Campaign. Midland Plaza, a multi-purpose 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 Mount’s annual scholarship benefit. They also contributed to the Thrailkill Student Scholars Research Fund at the Mount, and are committed to helping students who otherwise would not be able to attend the Mount to fulfill their dreams of a college education. Over the years, John has shared his time and talent with numerous nonprofit organizations throughout the Tri-state. He currently serves on the board of directors of E.W. Scripps, Ohio National Financial Service and Hauser Private Equity. Overall, John’s passion today is the pursuit of a National Cancer Institute designation for the Cincinnati Cancer Center.

John Pont

John Pont was the first football coach at Mount St. Joseph University. Arriving to the Mount in  1989 to build a new college football team, John planned 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. Without a home field, John negotiated with local high school athletic directors to use their field for the Mount home games.  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. He 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 University. Though John left the Mount at the end of 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.