Athletic Hall of Fame

Honoring Excellence in Athletics

The Saint Joseph Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, a bi-annual event, was created to recognize the contributions of individuals instrumental in the growth and excellence of the athletic traditions and standards of Saint Joseph Academy Athletics.

On Friday, June 7, 2024 Saint Joseph Academy will induct these four new members to the Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame:  Kelly Gallagher '09, Annie Grove '14, Jaime Barnes Cleary and Al Wagner.

2022 Honorees

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  • Rebecca Fischer ’95

    Rebecca Fischer ’95 played Varsity basketball and Varsity softball all four years as well as Freshman volleyball. She earned eight Varsity letters and racked up a number of other honors. She was named All-District for basketball, and she was named a captain, MVP, and All-Conference for basketball and softball. She was The Plain Dealer Player of the Week for basketball and softball and was also named to The Plain Dealer All-Star Teams for both sports. Becky continued her basketball career at the University of Akron as a walk-on for one year until she discovered women’s semi-pro football. She joined Cleveland Fusion, a full-contact female football team, and played from 2003 to 2018, including two years as a captain.
  • Jill Satanek Garlock ’92

    Jill Satanek Garlock ’92 has worn many hats when it comes to sports at Saint Joseph Academy, including athlete, team captain, coach, athletic director, basketball scoreboard operator and prolific spectator. As a student-athlete, Jill played three years of Varsity basketball and Varsity softball, earning six varsity letters. During her senior year, she was captain of both teams, Softball Defensive MVP, Basketball MVP, Greater Cleveland Catholic Girls Athletic Association All-Star for both sports and All-District Honorable Mention in basketball. She coached Freshman and Varsity basketball and track & field for many years. Jill was the Academy’s Athletic Director from 2004-2009 and was honored with the John Peyton Athletic Director of the Year Award in her final year in that role.
  • Madeline Keefe ’10

    Madeline Keefe ’10 made history at Saint Joseph Academy by becoming the first golfer to individually qualify for States. She accomplished this during her Senior year along with being named a captain, MVP, and The Plain Dealer Player of the Week. She was a four-year Varsity letter winner and an Academic MVP for three years. Maddie received a golf scholarship to the University of Cincinnati.
  • Kathleen Kress-Farrell ’01

    Kathleen Kress-Farrell ’01 played softball and basketball as a Freshman at Saint Joseph Academy. She went on to earn three Varsity letters in basketball and was a team captain for two years. Kathleen was also a member of the track & field team, earning three Varsity letters and twice advancing to Regionals in the shot put event. She was recognized her Senior year with the Don Kostell Award for Excellence in Athletics and the Ohio Sportsmanship Award. Kathleen went on to play rugby all four years at the University of Dayton and was a captain. The team won the National Championship title her sophomore year. She continued her rugby career after college, eventually playing for USA Rugby Women’s U-23 Team. When the Saint Joseph Academy Athletics Department introduced rugby in 2007, Kathleen joined as a coach. She coached four years and helped lead the team to two State Championship titles.

Previous Honorees

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  • 2019

    Katie Berry ’07
    Katie Lehane Koehl ’06
    Kate Rybarczyk ’02
    Capt. Colleen Gallagher Thomas ’82 NC, USN

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  • 2017

    Laura Hageman Cobb ’00
    † Leslie Douglas Frye ’86
    Caitlin Smith ’05
    Alexandra (Alex) Miles Stiffler ’06
    Clare Corrigan Woidke ’81

    † = deceased

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  • 2015

    Larry Chernauskas
    Mary Moloney Sever ’05
    Sarah Lehane Walsh ’05
    Lindsay Wolff ’05

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  • 2013

    Maureen Fallon Adler ’79
    Brigid Arbeznik Radigan ’97
    Tressa Satanek Kemer ’91

    2000 OHSAA State Tournament
    Qualifying Team

    Rachel Mistur ‘02
    Jennie Stockdale ‘01
    Bridgid McHugh Szlempa ‘02
    Miranda Forgac Portteus ‘03
    Sheila Peters Vance ‘01
    Sarah Welch ‘03
    Vanessa Georgeson ‘01

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  • 2011

    Linda Ensign Guentert ’79
    Jane Jimenez ’80
    Beth Grzybowski-Litten ’99
    † Mary Dienes Bender
    † Don Kostell
    Maryann Marek

    † = deceased

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