Six to be Inducted into Miami University's 41st Hall of Fame Class
Sept. 23, 2009
OXFORD, Ohio—Six are being inducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame in October as part of the 41st class. Steve Cady (coach/administrator), Nicole Catalano (women’s tennis), Candice Honroth (women’s track and field), Richard “Red” Hopkins (football/baseball/men’s basketball), Stephanie Otten (volleyball) and Theresa Shepherd (softball) comprise the 2009-10 Hall of Fame Class and will be inducted on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Steve Cady (Coach/Administrator) was one of the main forces behind the growth of hockey at Miami University in 1976 and has been synonymous with the program ever since. Cady, who is in his 34th year at Miami, has been serving as senior associate athletic director since 1998 and was elevated to the position of assistant vice president for finance and business services that same year. Cady served as the head coach of the Miami ice hockey team for nine seasons, including its first seven years of varsity status from 1978-85, while also serving as head coach of the men’s soccer program from 1978-80. He compiled a 121-126-11 record in seven varsity years of ice hockey and a career mark of 157-147-12, while taking his 1983 and 1985 teams to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. Cady was recognized for his hard work and dedication in bringing college hockey to Southwest Ohio by receiving the prestigious Jim Fullerton Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association in 2002. In addition to his contributions to Miami’s hockey program, Cady’s hard work can be seen all over campus as he has served as the chairman of the Athletic Facilities Master Plan Committee since 1995. During his time in that role, Miami’s athletic classrooms have undergone a remarkable transformation. The most recent addition to Miami’s ever-growing roster of state-of-the-art facilities was the construction of a $34-million ice arena that bears his name. Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center, which opened in July 2006, serves as the home of both Miami’s hockey and synchronized skating teams. Cady’s body of work extends beyond the boundaries of Miami University, serving on numerous NCAA Ice Hockey committees throughout his career. Cady just completed a stint as the Chairman of the NCAA Ice Hockey Committee.
Nicole Catalano (’93) was a five-time Mid-American Conference champion for Miami University women’s tennis. Catalano seized titles at No. 1 singles in 1993 and No. 2 singles in 1992. She teamed up with Amy Boyle to capture MAC titles at No. 1 doubles in 1991 and 1992, while also winning a MAC crown at No. 1 doubles with Brooke Bruder in 1993. She was undefeated in MAC doubles action for three straight years (1991-93). A member of three MAC championship teams in 1991, 1992 and 1993, Catalano also earned First-Team All-MAC distinction all three of those years. She was Miami’s NCAA Woman of the Year in 1993, making her Miami’s nomination for the national award, and was the recipient of the ITA Midwest Region Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award winner. Additionally, Catalano was a two-time Academic All-MAC honoree, who twice earned the MAC Commissioner’s Award and was named Miami’s Leann Grimes Davidge Award recipient in 1993. Noted as Miami’s top award for an upperclass female student-athlete, the Leann Grimes Davidge Award is presented in honor of the former Miami women’s tennis coach and recognizes outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in athletics, academics and leadership.
Candice Honroth (’88) was a four-time MAC Champion for Miami University’s women’s track and field team. Honroth captured MAC titles in the 100-meter hurdles three straight years (1986-1988), becoming the first in MAC history to achieve the feat in the event. In her final season, Honroth also seized an individual title in the 400-meter hurdles. She finished her career as Miami’s all-time point scorer and currently ranks among the top 15. She set Miami records in both the 400-meter and 100-meter hurdles as a senior and remains fourth all-time at Miami in both events. Additionally, Honroth was an Academic All-MAC selection in 1988, the first year of the award. Following her senior campaign, Honroth was tabbed Miami’s Female Athlete of the Year and its Leann Grimes Davidge Memorial Award recipient. She was the first track and field athlete to earn the Leann Grimes Davidge Memorial Award and the second to capture Miami Female Athlete of the Year honors. As a sophomore in 1986, she helped Miami to its only women’s track and field MAC championship.
Richard “Red” Hopkins (’24) was a three-sport athlete at Miami. Hopkins earned a combined eight letters, including three in football and baseball and two in basketball. Hopkins was the quarterback for Miami, helping the Red and White to an 8-0 mark in 1921 and an Ohio Conference championship. He served as captain of the baseball team in 1924, spurring Miami to an 8-3 record while boasting a batting average above .300. Hopkins also served as team captain for the Miami basketball team during the 1923-24 season.
Stephanie Otten (’96) remains Miami University volleyball’s career record holder for kills and digs (by a non-libero). One of just seven players to surpass 1,000 career kills and digs, Otten compiled an impressive 1,528 kills and 1,467 digs. She also ranks among Miami’s top five in career digs per set, kills per set and service aces. Additionally, she continues to rank among Miami’s single-season top-10 in service aces, kills and kills per set. Otten was a two-time All-MAC selection for the Red and White, earning first-team honors in 1995 and second-team distinction in 1994. She also was a two-time MAC All-Tournament Team selection (1994, 1995). She spearheaded Miami to the first of four straight MAC regular-season titles in 1995 and helped Miami to postseason berths in the 1994 NIVC and 1995 NCAA Tournament. The 1995 team became the first in Mid-American Conference history to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and went on to earn a No. 24 ranking in the final RPI while compiling a 15-2 MAC record and a 24-7 overall mark. As a senior, Otten was tabbed the Leann Grimes Davidge Memorial Award recipient.
Theresa Shepherd (’89) remains the Miami University softball co-record holder for triples in a season with six in 1989. Shepherd finished her Miami career as the career record holder in six statistical categories: batting average, runs, hits, triples, home runs and RBI. She remains ranked among the all-time top-10 in all six of those categories. Additionally, Shepherd ties for eighth in single-season home runs, belting six in 1987. As a senior, she led the team in all but one statistical category. During her Miami career, Shepherd was a two-time First-Team All-MAC selection. She captured her first All-MAC award during her sophomore campaign in 1987. Her second All-MAC honor came during her senior season in 1989.
A Hall of Fame brunch will be held at the Shriver Center Multi-Purpose Room on Miami University’s campus at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and the inductees will be further recognized later that afternoon during the football game versus Northern Illinois. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Space is limited for the brunch and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. NO walk-up tickets will be available. Reservations will be taken until 5 p.m. Oct. 20. Cost of the brunch is $18 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-MUHAWKS or 513-529-HAWK.