Mount St. Joseph University

Lauren Hill to receive Champion Award posthumously at MSJ’s Athletic Hall of Fame

Academics, Alumni & Giving, Press Releases, Sports

File Under: athletic hall of fame

Lauren Hill being filmed.

Mount St. Joseph University announces the Sixth Annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fifth Third Bank Hall on the Mount’s campus. This year’s honorees include Libbey Spiess, M.D., ’88 (volleyball), T.J. Hilvert ’98 (football), and Betsy Owens Jones ’02 (volleyball).

Braden Mechley, a longtime friend of the Mount, will receive the Champion Award for his contributions to the University. Lauren Hill will also be honored posthumously with the Champion Award. Her parents, Lisa and Brent Hill, will accept the award on her behalf.

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees


Libbey Spiess, M.D., ’88
Libbey was a member of the Mount’s volleyball team. During college, she was a stellar student in the classroom and an athlete on the court. Libbey was named NAIA All-American, NAIA District 22 MVP and First Team, All-Ohio Academic Team, and helped lead the Lions to the 1986 NAIA National Tournament. She is a pediatrician in Cincinnati.

T.J. Hilvert ’98
T.J. was the starting quarterback for the Lions football team from 1994 until 1997. He was an outstanding player throughout his college football career, and still holds career records for total yards, completions, passing yards and TDs. He was All-American Honorable Mention in the “Football Gazette” in 1997. He is a senior IT project manager for PNC Bank.

Betsy Owens Jones ’02
As a four-year starter on the volleyball team, Betsy was named First Team All-HCAC Conference four times, HCAC Player of the Year, NCAA All-American First Team (First Team All-Region), and was nationally ranked in digs per game. In 2009, she was named the Mount’s Female Athlete of the Decade by the HCAC. She is the assistant varsity volleyball coach at Seton High School.

Champion Award

Lauren Elizabeth Hill (posthumous)
Lauren was a member of the 2014 Mount Lions women’s basketball team. Diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) at the age of 18, Lauren adopted the motto, “Never give up.” She worked tirelessly to raise awareness of DIPG and raised more than $1 million for research before her death in April. Her spirit and dedication inspired people around the world.

Braden A. Mechley
A former member of the Mount’s development committee and a longtime friend of the University, Braden is a devoted fan and supporter of Mount athletics and its student-athletes. He is a retired attorney from Mechley, Robbins & Kelly Law Firm.

Tickets for the Athletic Hall of Fame event are $50/person and are available by clicking this link or visiting Parking for the event is available in the Seton Center lot and the parking garage off Neeb Road. The deadline to reserve tickets is September 24.

Mount St. Joseph University is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic university that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility