May 31, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio--Six outstanding individuals comprise the Miami University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012-13. To be inducted into the 44th Hall of Fame Class in the winter are Dale Cohen '94 (women's tennis), Terry Hoeppner (football coach), P.L. (Pete) Miller '71 (men's track and field), Ben Roethlisberger '12 (football), Karin Sherr '99 (synchronized skating) and Kyle Voska '98 (golf).
Cohen ('94) was a six-time MAC Champion with the women's tennis program. She helped Miami to MAC titles each of her four years and was a two-time First-Team All-MAC selection in 1993 and 1994. Following her senior campaign where she captured MAC crowns at No. 1 singles and at No. 1 doubles with Jeanne Baker, Cohen was tabbed the 1993-94 Miami Female Athlete of the Year. Cohen also seized MAC titles at No. 2 singles in 1993 and at No. 5 singles as a sophomore in 1992. She was a MAC doubles champion with Baker in 1993 in the second flight and earned a MAC crown at No. 2 doubles with Brooke Bruder in 1992. Cohen spearheaded Miami to a 59-23 (.720) overall mark and an impressive 21-1 record (.955) in MAC regular-season play--going undefeated in 1991, 1992 and 1993--while the Red and White went on to win the MAC Tournament all four years. Twice during her career--during her sophomore and senior seasons--Cohen led the Red and White in singles and doubles wins for the season. A four-year letterwinner, Cohen also was a two-time Academic All-MAC selection in 1993 and 1994.
Miller ('71) was a three-time MAC Champion in the discus with men's track and field, capturing titles in 1969, 1970 and 1971, each year he was eligible to compete at a varsity level as freshmen were not eligible to compete at the time. He is one of just five athletes in Mid-American Conference history to win a MAC Championship in the discus three times in a career. His throw of 185-5 in 1971 was a Miami record for more than two decades before being eclipsed by two inches in 1994. Miller's throw continues to rank second all-time at Miami in the discus and is nearly three feet better than the No. 3 distance. He set a MAC Championship record in 1971 with a throw of 178-7, which remained the championship standard until 1983. A three-time letterwinner, Miller served as team tri-captain his senior season. He qualified for the Olympic Trials in the discus in 1972.
A distinguished player and coach tandem, Roethlisberger and Hoeppner were catalysts for one of the finest seasons in Miami football's illustrious history. The RedHawks finished 13-1 overall and 8-0 in MAC play in 2003, winning the program's first MAC title since 1986 and finishing No. 10 in the final AP Poll to match the highest final ranking in program history. After a season-opening loss to Iowa, Hoeppner led Roethlisberger and the RedHawks to a program-record 13 straight wins, which culminated in a 49-28 victory over Louisville in the GMAC Bowl. Roethlisberger was tabbed MVP of the GMAC Bowl. Hoeppner earned MAC Coach of the Year honors and was a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year Award in 2003, while Roethlisberger became just the third player in program history to garner the Vern Smith Award as the MAC's Most Valuable Player.
Hoeppner was part of the Miami football program for 19 seasons, including six as the head coach from 1999-2004. His 19-year stint marks the longest of any coach in program history. Hoeppner guided Miami to a pair of MAC East Division titles and back-to-back bowl games (2003-04) for the first time in 30 years. Miami posted six straight winning seasons under Hoeppner's watch--including five seasons with seven or more wins--and finished among the top three in the MAC East Division for the duration of his tenure. He ranks second at Miami in career victories (48) and 10th in career winning percentage (.658), while mentoring seven NFL draft picks. Prior to assuming head coaching duties at Miami, Hoeppner spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach. He served in many capacities as an assistant coach, spending much of his time as a defensive coordinator overseeing a stingy defense that traditionally ranked among the best in the nation. During his Miami tenure, the Red and White upset four nationally-ranked teams on the road and earned a total of 12 wins over BCS conference schools. Hoeppner was named the head football coach at Indiana in December 2004. He spent two seasons guiding the Hoosiers, re-energizing the Indiana program before his passing on June 19, 2007.
Roethlisberger ('12) holds every major passing record in Miami history. Passing for more than 200 yards in all 14 games during the 2003 season, he also owns NCAA records for most games in a season gaining 200 or more passing yards and consecutive games with at least 200 passing yards. A Third-Team Associated Press All-American in 2003 and Freshman All-American in 2001, Roethlisberger was twice named Miami's Male Co-Athlete of the Year (2000-01 and 2003-04) while being named MAC Freshman of the Year (2001) and MAC Offensive Player of the Year (2003). He was a three-time All-MAC selection, earning first-team honors in 2003 and second-team recognition in 2001 and 2002. A three-year letterwinner, Roethlisberger forewent his final season of eligibility to enter the 2004 NFL Draft. He was the 11th overall selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the highest draft pick in program history. Roethlisberger has guided the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles and became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl during the 2005 season. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Roethlisberger was tabbed the NFL Rookie of the Year following the 2004 season. Miami retired his jersey No. 7 in 2007.
Sherr ('99) is the first synchronized skater inducted into the Miami Athletics Hall of Fame. She was a four-year member of the Miami senior synchronized skating team, earning four letters during her time at Miami. Sherr and her teammates seized the program's first national title at the senior level in 1999. Twice Sherr was a member of Miami teams that represented the United States at the World Challenge Cup (1998 and 1999). She served as team captain her senior year in 2000 and was named the Thomas J. Fisher Outstanding Skater, Miami Skating's highest honor, following her senior season. As a freshman in 1997, Sherr was tabbed the senior team's Rookie of the Year. In 2000, Sherr was named the Miami Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the first Miami skater to earn the honor. After completing her undergraduate degree in 1999, Sherr earned a master's degree in 2000 while skating her final season at Miami. Sherr continues to make an impact on the sport as a national- and international-level judge as well as serving as the Chair of U.S. Synchronized Skating from 2008-12.
Voska ('98) was a two-time All-American with the golf program, earning honorable mention honors in 1996 and becoming the first in program history to achieve second-team distinction in 1998. With his 11th-place individual finish, Voska catapulted Miami to a 13th-place team finish at the 1998 NCAA Championships. It was the best individual finish ever by a RedHawk at the NCAA Championships and tied the best team finish in program history. As a sophomore, he finished 14th at the 1996 NCAA Championships, which ties for the third-best individual finish all-time. As a senior, Voska was the 1998 MAC Champion and was tabbed MAC Golfer of the Year, MAC Sportsman of the Year and Miami Male Athlete of the Year. His 71.20 average for the 1997-98 season remains the best in program history, while his 73.97 career average ranks second at Miami. He was a part of Miami's last MAC Championship team in 1996, finishing second by one stroke to teammate Maarten van den Berg. Voska spurred the Red and White to NCAA Central Regional appearances in 1996, 1997 and 1998, helping Miami advance to the NCAA Championships in 1996 and 1998. A four-year letterwinner, Voska was a three-time First-Team All-MAC selection in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Details for the 2012-13 Hall of Fame induction are being finalized and will be announced at a later date.