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Athletics Hall of Fame to induct nine members

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This year will be one to remember for nine Northern Kentucky University alumnae athletes and coaches when they are inducted into the NKU Athletics Hall of Fame. Feb. 9, an induction ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. in the Albright Health Center on NKU’s campus.

The 2007 inductees are:

Mary Biermann, volleyball head coach from 1989 to 2000. She was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year five times during her career, winning two regional championships, five conference championships and finishing with a 286-106 record. Biermann’s 1999 team advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four and finished 33-2, which still stands as the best record in the program’s history.

Julie Duerring, women’s basketball. Duerring played from 1986 to 1988. Her 15.5 points per game average is ranked No. 3 in Norse history, and her 3.69 assists per game is ranked No. 5. Duerring was the first NKU player to earn the Kodak All-America first team.

Mike Hofmeyer, men’s basketball. From 1977 to 1981, Hofmeyer scored 1,208 career points and averaged six rebounds per game. His most famous play was when he tipped in a shot at the buzzer to give NKU a 59-58 upset over Xavier University for the first time ever Jan. 14, 1978.

Kerry Lewin Schrand, volleyball. Schrand played from 1992 to1995 with record-setting junior and senior years. Her jump serve earned her the spot of NCAA’s all-time leader in aces with 533. In ’94 and ’95, she was named GLVC Player of the Year and American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region. Schrand finished her career with 1,582 kills and 1,729 digs.

Jack Miller, baseball. While playing from 1973 to 1977 as a dominant relieving pitcher, Miller ranks No. 1 in NKU history in earned run average (2.09 ERA), saves (32), saves in a season (14), and fewest hits allowed per nine innings pitched in a career (6.5).

Betsy Moore, women’s soccer. Moore competed from 1998 to 2001 and is a three-time NSCAA first team All-American. The forward scored a school-record 70 goals and a total of 186 points.

Jamie O’Hara, women’s tennis. From 1998 to 2002, O’Hara led NKU to four straight GLVC championships and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament three times. She earned GLVC Player of the Year honors four times and was awarded the Great Lakes Region’s ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship as a senior. O’Hara finished her career with a 44-0 record against GLVC opponents in No. 1 singles competition and posted a 60-13 record overall.

Mark Stoeber, baseball. During 1975 to 1978 as a starting pitcher, Stoeber collected 21 wins, which is ranked No. 6 in Norse history. He ranks in the top 10 in career strikeouts (149), innings pitched (181) and ERA (2.61). In 1977, Stoeber threw a no-hitter against Xavier University and set a school record with 10 complete games. He finished his career with a 21-8 record.

Ken Shields, men’s basketball head coach. During his 16-year (1988 to 2004) career, Shields led NKU to regional championships in both ’96 and ’97, and advanced to the NCAA Division II national championship games in both of those seasons. He also guided the Norse to seven 20-win seasons — the most in Norse men’s basketball history — and three GLVC championships.

Contact Kurt Moeller at (859) 572-6632 for more information.

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