Mount St. Joseph University

Seventh annual Athletic Hall of Fame honors athletes, Mount’s “#1 Fan”

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Mount St. Joseph University presents the seventh annual Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 21, on campus. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in Seton Center Lobby with dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. in the Fifth Third Bank Hall. The cost is $55/person.

2016 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

Julie Franz Pieczonka ’83 (basketball)

Karen Jackson ’87 (volleyball)

Tanya Fasnacht Jolliffe ’88 (volleyball)

Champion Award recipient

Charlie Wrublewski: #1 fan of student-athletes and longtime Mount employee

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Champion Award
Charlie Wrublewski

Mount St. Joseph University proudly presents the Champion Award to Charlie Wrublewski, the #1 fan of the student-athletes at the University. Charlie is the unofficial good will ambassador for the Mount. He greets everyone who enters that doors, always with a smile and leaves them saying “have a nice day!” During athletic competitions at the Mount, you will find him in the stands, on the sidelines or watching from afar as the student-athletes battle it out. His love of athletics led to the naming of the annual Charlie Wrublewski volleyball tournament. Charlie is also the official bell ringer during football games when the Lions score a touchdown. He is an important member of the Campus Events and Conference Services Office, setting up and tearing down events as fast as needed. His love the Mount and its students is unmatched by anyone on campus.

Julie Franz Pieczonka ’83

Inspired by her family, Julie Franz Pieczonka was destined to be a competitor. She was a notable athlete at Taylor High School and earned the title of Basketball Player of the Year in Greater Cincinnati her senior year. She continued to excel in college playing three years of tennis and four years of basketball for the Mount.  A basketball standout, Julie scored 1,235 points in her last three years. She was one of the top-20 scorers in the nation and in the top 10 in foul shooting. Julie was named Second Team NCAA All-American, First Team All-State, and was twice named NCAA Division III Player of the Week. She was also named Scholar-Athlete of the Year during her senior year. She was inducted into Taylor’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and The Greater Cincinnati high School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. She's a retired fitness/health education teacher from the Oak Hills School District, and remains dedicated to fitness. She is currently a prominent real estate agent with Hoeting Realtors.

Karen Jackson ’87

Karen Jackson’s love for volleyball began when she in middle school in North Vernon, Indiana. She pursued her love of the game from the moment she entered the doors of the Mount her freshman year.  A four-year starter on the volleyball team, Karen was an outstanding impact player who twice served as team captain.  She was a fearless opponent on the court. Over the years Karen led the Mount teams in aces (1983) and in kills (1984, 1985, and 1986). She was voted Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player in both 1984 and 1985, and was All-District 22 and Honorable Mention All-American (1985). During her senior year she was voted Co-Most Valuable Player, All-District 22, All-Ohio First Team, and All-American Candidate District 22.  Since graduation, Karen has continued to instill a love of the sport to young athletes. She is currently a physical education teacher at North Vernon Elementary School and a volleyball coach at Jennings County Middle School in Indiana.

Tanya Fasnacht Jolliffe ’88

Tanya Fasnacht Jolliffe was a valuable member of the Mount’s volleyball team where she was a three-year starter as a left side hitter and was the co-captain her senior year. She was a team leader for three years in solo blocks and aces and held the record for most kills in a match. Her athletic career includes some notable statistics: she played 972 games, had 1,583 kills, 222 service aces, and 263 total blocks. Tanya was voted All-Ohio NAIA Volleyball Team, Co-Most Valuable Player Award, Best Offensive Player Award, and All-District Second Team in both her sophomore and junior years. As a senior she was All-District First Team, and a Russell Athletic Wear Second Team All American. She has more than 20 years of nutrition education experience, and is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. She is the national recruitment and training director/health and wellness coach for Rolling Strong, where she develops and implements health and wellness strategies and targeted coaching.