2006 Hall of Fame Inductees
2006 Saint Mary's College Athletic Hall of Fame
Annette Isom - Track and Field
Marcie Gaus Berry - Soccer
Mary Cosgrove - Tennis
Jennie Taubenheim Robinette - Basketball
Allison Smith Provencher - Swimming
Stacy Davis - Track and Field
Larry Szczechowski - Track and Field Coach
Inducted September 23, 2006
When the Hall of Fame Committee received the nomination for Annette Isom Ahern ’83 it was clear that she was someone special. Annette’s passion was running when she arrived on campus. However, Saint Mary’s did not support a varsity track and field program so she ran cross-country and track for the combined Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s College Track Club Team during her first and second years. Saint Mary’s added varsity track during her junior year. During that first varsity year, she qualified for the State Championship in five events; 1500 meter, 3000 meter, 800 medley Relay, 3200 meter Relay, and the 1600 meter Relay. Annette and her teammates set a new State Record in the 3200 meter relay in that inaugural year. At the end of her senior year she was named as one of the finalists for the prestigious Edward W. “Moose” Krause award, which honors the top female athlete between Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. On the track, she tied the Saint Mary’s records for the 3200 and 5000 meter races and broke the record for the 10,000 meter run. In 1983, Annette’s 10,000 meter time was the second best in the entire nation in the NAIA; it was the first time she ever ran the 10,000. Annette qualified to compete at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships in four individual events; the 1500, 3000, 5000 and the 10,000 meter races. At Nationals, Annette was Saint Mary’s first NAIA All-American in her sport as she achieved All-American status for her outstanding performance in the 10,000 meter race.
Annette majored in economics with minors in mathematics and computer science. She was a teacher’s assistant in the mathematics department and in the computer lab. She was a lifeguard and volunteered at other sporting events. Annette served on the Holy Cross Hall Student Broad. She also found time to complete an internship with Ford Motor Company in Detroit and with a local Ford dealer in South Bend, IN. While Annette was interning for Ford, she ran with the Ford Corporate Club Team. While attending Saint Mary’s, she ran with the Athletic Annex sports store team in South Bend. Annette competed in several amateur competitions in Chicago and Pao Alto, IL with the Ford Club and the Athletic Annex team. She continued to participate in the Ford Corporate Relays after graduation. She had the honor of carrying the 1984 Olympic Torch in Los Angeles. Annette was a member of the Orange County Track Club and participated in many Southern California road and track events including team triathlons. She also shared her running talents with many young track stars when she was a volunteer coach at Saint Petroville School from 2000- 2004. Currently, Annette resides in Illinois with her husband, Michael and their two children, Stephan and Joseph. She is the IT Program Manager for AT&T in Hoffman Estates, IL.
Marcie Gaus Berry was a four year letter winner as a member of the Saint Mary’s soccer team from 1987-1990. During her career at Saint Mary’s, Marcie was a defender for the Belles. She had a tremendous impact in her years on the pitch for the Belles, starting every game of her collegiate career. During her junior year, Marcie and her teammates put Saint Mary’s on the map in the soccer world. The Belles were the champions of the first Saint Mary’s Invitational en route to making their first ever NAIA post season appearance. Marcie garnered individual accolades by being named a member of the All-State first team by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association as well as being named one of 26 athletes to the NAIA 1989 Women’s Soccer Scholar Athlete honor roll. In her senior season, Marcie was named a captain for the Belles, who moved from NAIA membership to NCAA Division III. The Belles defended their title as Saint Mary’s Invitational Champions in the 1990 season. The Belles finished that season with a 13-3-3 record.
Marcie embodied the spirit of Saint Mary’s on and off the soccer field. Outside of soccer, she was also a member of the Accounting Club as well as the Tax Assistance Program. Marcie held the office Service Commissioner for the Sophomore and Junior Class Boards. For her hard work in the business arena, Marcie was awarded a business internship during her junior year at Saint Mary’s. She was a part of the Admission & Scholarship Committee, a Christmas in April volunteer, and was named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges – 1991”. Marcie was on the Dean’s List during her years at Saint Mary’s and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business in 1991. After graduation, she worked for Price Waterhouse in Pittsburgh, PA and then went on to earn her CPA. Marcie has coached young soccer players and also runs road races. Currently she is the Treasurer of the Benedum Foundation in Pittsburgh which makes grants to encourage human and community development in West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania. She is married to Dan Berry and they are the proud parents of twin boys, Ryan and Conor.
Mary Cosgrove, class of 1994, was an outstanding tennis player during her years as a Belle. She boasted an impressive record of eighty-two wins and twenty-four losses while playing both singles and doubles during her four year career. Mary was named the most improved tennis player for both her first and second years. In her junior year she amassed a record of 26-3, which earned her a Midwest ranking of 11 th and a 42 nd ranking in the entire nation. Mary went undefeated in that season in both singles and doubles during the team’s annual spring break trip to Hilton Head, during which she defeated the region’s eighth ranked player. She was named “Most Valuable Player” for the team and she was also a finalist for the Saint Mary’s College “Athlete of the Year” award. She was elected as a team captain by her teammates at the start of her senior year. She earned a regional ranking of 13 th and a 39 th national ranking in the country for all tennis players. Mary and her doubles partner also achieved a regional doubles ranking of 12 th. Mary was honored again as the team’s “Most Valuable Player” while also receiving the “Athletic Director’s Award” for her outstanding leadership.
Mary graduated in 1994 with a degree in English Literature. She was also a volunteer Sunday school teacher, a tutor to inner-city students, a member of the Student Athletic Council, and a member of the Blue Mantle Yearbook staff. She went on to graduate from Chicago’s John Marshall Law School and spent time in Chicago clerking and working for the Defense Research Institute. She is now an Assistant District Attorney for Erie County in Buffalo, NY. Mary continues to play competitive tennis in USTA leagues and her teams have advanced to sectional and national rounds. She has also coached youth tennis in both Chicago and Buffalo. Mary is an active volunteer in Buffalo working with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, the United Way, and Neighborhood Legal Services. She also serves as a board member for various health and human services organizations. She serves as the President of the Saint Mary’s Alumnae Club of Buffalo, which was recently recognized as 2005 Club of the Year.
Jennie Taubenheim Robinette was a standout basketball player from 1992-1996. She had an immediate impact on the Saint Mary’s College Basketball team and proceeded to excel throughout her four-year career at Saint Mary’s College. She rewrote the Saint Mary’s College Basketball record book during her next four years. Jennie currently hold six school records, including most field goals in a game (15), most points in a season (476), most field goals in a season (191), most points in a career (1533), most field goals in a career (619), and most steals in a career (274). Jennie’s name is also found among the record books as being among the top four basketball players in Saint Mary’s history in the categories of most free-throws in a season, most rebounds in a season, and most rebounds in a career. She was the team Most Valuable Player her sophomore, junior and senior years while being voted the Most Improved Player her freshman year. Jennie was also named the Saint Mary’s College “Athlete of the Year” award winner. At the conclusion of her senior year, Jennie had the distinction of having her #33 jersey retired, an honor that only two other previous Saint Mary’s basketball players had ever had happen to them.
Jennie has been a kindergarten teacher for the last ten years. She did serve a one-year stint as the freshmen girl’s basketball coach at a local high school. Until recently, Jennie continued to play basketball competitively as part of a co-ed league in Boston. Jennie and her husband Craig have a daughter Josie.
Allison Smith was and remains to be one of the most accomplished swimmers for the Belles. Allison immediately made an impact on the Saint Mary’s swim team from her first year. She took her place among the record books in her first year in the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley while leading the Belles in several other events. For her outstanding performances, she was named as the Belles’ Most Valuable Swimmer while also being named as an All-American for her efforts in the 1650 freestyle. Allison demonstrated her excellence in the pool throughout the remainder of her career. She was named as the team’s Most Valuable Swimmer at the conclusion of her sophomore, junior, and senior years. By the time Allison’s career was finished, she had claimed six individual records, four of which she still holds today – 500 freestyle, 1000 freestyle, 1650 freestyle, and 400 individual medley. Allison graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
Since graduating, she has served as a traveling professional nurse for seven years, having worked with cardiac patients in California, Florida, and North Carolina. Currently, Allison is on assignment in Massachusetts in a trauma center where she works as an emergency room nurse. Allison is married to Matt Provencher.
Stacy Davis is the most decorated track and field athlete to compete for Saint Mary’s. As a sophomore, Stacy was named as Honorable Mention All-American in both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships. During her junior campaign, Stacy placed third in the 100 meter race at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and fourth in the 55 meter race at the NCAA Indoor Championships. In her senior season, Stacy placed fourth once again in the 55 meter race at the NCAA Indoor Championships. As a result of these stellar performances, she was honored as a First-Team All-American as a junior and a senior. Also in these years, Stacy earned the distinction as “Athlete of the Year” for Saint Mary’s. In 1999, she was named to Who’s Who – American College Students.
After graduation, Stacy took a teaching position at Elkhart Memorial High School. She then went on to be the 21st Century Community Learning Center Site Director for the South Bend Community School Corporation. From 2002-2003, Stacy was an instructor for the Saint Mary’s Education Department as well as a consultant for a local non-profit youth organization called Ark Angels, Inc. During this time, she was named as a Distinguished Young Alumna of Saint Mary’s College. She has also been a Curriculum Leader for the University of Notre Dame’s Institute of Educational Initiatives. Stacy is currently a social studies teacher at Englewood High School, a Chicago public high school, where she was named “Outstanding Social Studies Teacher” in 2005.
Coach Larry Szczechowski dedicated himself to coaching the Saint Mary’s Track and Field Team for eighteen seasons. For the last fifteen years of his coaching tenure, Coach Szczechowski coached the team alone having to spread himself over the sprinters, distance runners, and field events. He drove the team in the school van to away contests and worked agreements with St. Joe High School and Notre Dame to utilize their practice facilities. In order to accommodate all the class schedules and other commitments of his athletes, Coach Szczechowski would run three separate practices a day for the distance runners, the sprinters, and the field events.
Numerous former student-athletes have said that Coach Szczechowski was the only reason they joined the track and field team. His warm smile and easy going personality welcomed them to join a team where they learned to succeed against the odds. He wanted to challenge each athlete, no matter what level they started, to reach their potential. Coach Ski once said, “To me, the best thing that ever happens to me in coaching is when an athlete says, ‘Coach, that’s the best I have ever done’… it’s just the dedication you get out of people and the desire to improve.”
Coach Szczechowski, by both word and example, has taught his student-athletes to willingly take what they are given, no matter how small or seemingly inadequate, and to go the extra mile. How fortunate are all those young budding athletes in the South Bend elementary schools who are taught these lessons on a daily basis by their gym teacher Mr. Szczechowski. We honor Coach Larry Szczechowski, not only for his unprecedented commitment to the athletic program of this College, but also for the wonderful mentoring he gave year after year to all of his former student-athletes at Saint Mary’s.