Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Congratulations to the following McAuley alumnae and friends, who were inducted into the McAuley Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 4, 2018.
Rachel Krabacher '08
Rachel Krabacher '08 graduated in the top 10 percent of her class at McAuley, was an active member of the National Honor Society and an accomplished volleyball player, with 1,003 career kills. She was also named to the High School All-American Team and was selected to a group of eight national high school players as All-Academic Team. During her sophomore year, Rachel received Second Team All-GGCL and Honorable Mention All-City honors. During her junior year, she received Honorable Mention OHSSA All-State First Team, All-GGCL and All-District honors. During her senior year, she received First Team OHSSA All-State, All-Girls Greater Cincinnati League (GGCL) and All-District pick honors. She was also named the GGCL Scholar Athlete of the Year during her senior year.
Rachel earned a full tuition scholarship to the University of Dayton, where she was red-shirted her freshman year and played as a Dayton Flyer for the next four years with many athletic and academic achievements. Some of these achievements include: Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team, Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team, Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference, Dayton Flyer Classic All-Tournament Team, and many more.
After graduating from the University of Dayton, Rachel played professional volleyball for one year in Saignelleger, Switzerland, where she served as team captain. She ranked third in the league in kills before suffering a career-ending shoulder injury at the end of the first season.
Rachel earned her Master's degree in chemical engineering and now works at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. In 2017, she served as the varsity head coach and the head of the girls' volleyball program at Archbishop Carroll High School in Dayton, Ohio.
Lynne Morris, Past Volleyball Coach
Lynne Morris attended Mount Notre Dame High School, where she played volleyball, basketball, and softball all four years and was a varsity letter winner in all three sports. Lynne went on to Eastern Kentucky University, where she played four years of volleyball and three years of basketball. After graduation, Lynne moved to Colorado and played on a USVBA team that competed at the national level for several years. She also played co-ed softball and co-ed flag football.
While in Colorado, she taught physical education and health, while coaching both volleyball and basketball at a Catholic high school called Marycrest. When Marycrest closed, she and another individual started a club volleyball program called Sudden Impact, which hosted approximately nine teams of all age levels. She also received her National USVBA and National College rating as a referee and as a scorer.
After moving back to Cincinnati in 1993, she found a teaching assistant job at Princeton High School and was hired as the JV Volleyball coach. The next year, she accepted a teaching position at McAuley High School. She was the head JV coach the first year before accepting the Head Varsity position the next year. During her coaching career at McAuley, her teams were very competitive in the GGCL League and went to the state Final Four twice.
Lynne is now the Athletic Director and teaches both health and physical education at DePaul Cristo Rey High School.
Janet Jaeger O'Callaghan '87
Janet Jaeger O'Callaghan '87 played volleyball and basketball all four years at McAuley, as well as softball for two of the four years. After graduating from McAuley, she was a walk-on athlete for the University of Cincinnati volleyball team while earning her undergraduate degree in Biology. By the time she was a senior, she received a full athletic scholarship, and was named co-captain of the team.
After graduating from college with a BS in Biology, Janet attended the University of Cincinnati Medical Technology Program. She also started her own volleyball club, Queen City Volleyball, in addition to being the head varsity volleyball coach at Mt. Notre Dame High School, all while attending school. She coached her club team to multiple tournament championships and MND to a state championship in 1995. After graduating from medical technology school, she worked as a medical technologist at Children’s Hospital laboratory for three years until she decided to continue her coaching career as a college volleyball coach in 1996. She started as the Second Assistant at the University of Cincinnati in 1996, then moved on to Wheeling Jesuit University as the first full-time head coach for volleyball, and then on to Purdue University as Second Assistant.
In 2000, Janet moved to Colorado to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales representative with Takeda Pharmaceuticals. She grew in her sales career from Primary Care Representative to Hospital Representative to District Sales Manager within 7 years. Today she works in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales manager for Syneos Health.
For the past 17 years, Janet has coached volleyball in Colorado at the middle school and high school levels, winning a state championship for Holy Family Boys Club Volleyball in Colorado in 2004. She is currently director and coach of Littleton Youth Sports Volleyball Program. She volunteers for A Little Help (for seniors in the community), Sacred Heart House (a transitional housing program for homeless women with children), and is a foster parent with her husband.
Ernie Petri, Golf Coach
Ernie Petri has been the head golf coach at McAuley High School for the past 21 years. McAuley has been ranked in the top 10 of those past years and has had a winning record in 19 of the 21 years . In 14 of these years, McAuley has qualified either as an individual or team for the District tournament. McAuley qualified an individual to the State tournament in 2015 and qualified the team in 2016.
McAuley won the GGCL in 2007, and Coach Petri was named Coach of the Year. He has a record of 308 wins and 158 losses in his tenure. Many McAuley graduates went on to play college golf; currently two of these graduates play at Mt. St. Joseph University, one plays at Thomas More, and one plays at Ohio Northern University.
Coach Petri was in the first graduating class at LaSalle in 1964. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Cincinnati and taught German and Social Studies at Winton Woods High School for 30 years. Ernie and his wife, Gloria, spent 22 years helping to lead the Monfort Heights Athletic Program. He also spent many years coaching soccer, track and field, golf and baseball, both at the local levels and at Winton Woods High School.
Ernie has lived in Monfort Heights with his wife for the past 48 years. His son, Ernie Jr., (married to Kathy) graduated from LaSalle in 1989 and is a member of the LaSalle Athletic Hall of Fame. His daughter, Kris (married to Jeff) graduated from McAuley in 1991. He has one grandson, A.J,. and four granddaughters: Sammie Petri, who played soccer at McAuley and graduated in 2015, Kaylee Hopper, who attends McAuley and plays on the golf team, and twins Ashley and Madelyn Hopper, who will attend Mercy McAuley next year.
Mr. Petri would like to thank all the past players, parents, assistants, athletic directors, and administrators for their past effort, contributions and support.
Danielle Pfeifer '12
Danielle Pfeifer '12 holds numerous school records and achievements in track and field and cross country from McAuley. She was named GGCL Runner of the Year for three consecutive years and won the 800M race at regionals for four consecutive years. During her years at McAuley, she also won several 400M, 800M, 1600M races at the GGCL meets, helping McAuley to earn the GGCL Champion title two years in a row.
Danielle also competed at districts all four years, where she often won the 400M, 800M and 1600M races and helped McAuley finish as District Champs during her junior year. Also during her junior year, Danielle set a new indoor track and field record at the UK Invitational Meet, which earned her a national ranking, and the record still stands.
Danielle also competed at the state level all four years during her time at McAuley. During her freshman year, she placed ninth in the 800M race at the OHSAA state meet, and as a sophomore, she placed third in the 800M state race. As a junior, Danielle won the 800M race at the indoor track and field state meet, and she placed second in the 800M at the outdoor track and field state meet, where she also anchored the second place 4x800 relay. During her senior year, she placed second in the 800M race at the OHSAA state meet, where she also anchored the second place 4x800 relay once again.
Danielle's athletic accomplishments were supported by her academic and extracurricular efforts at McAuley. She earned a 4.0 GPA, was a member of National Honor Society, was elected Student of the Month by the Northwest Exchange Club, and represented McAuley in the Regional Youth Leadership program. She also served as a McAuley Ambassador, a member of Student Council and Key Club, and was a member of McAuley's Women In Medicine program.
Danielle received her BSN at the University of Michigan, where she also ran track. At the collegiate level, she earned many athletic honors, such as 3x First-Team All American, 2x Big Ten Champion, 3x All-Big Ten Team honoree, 4x Academic All-Big Ten, 4x Academic All-American, 2x Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and more. Danielle currently works as a pediatric cardiovascular nurse at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Andrea Cunningham Vonderheide '99
Andrea Cunningham Vonderheide '99 was a four-year varsity soccer player at McAuley, the only incoming freshman to be named to the varsity team. During 1995-98, Andrea led the team to achieve many accomplishments. She was a four-time All Conference selection and the GGCL Scarlet Division Player of the Year during her junior and senior years. During her McAuley career, she scored 54 goals, and at the time of her graduation, she held the school record for goals scored. She was selected as a NSCAA and Adidas All-Regional Team player.
After graduating from McAuley, Andrea played Division I soccer at Miami University of Ohio, where she earned the honor of NSCAA First-Team All-American in 2000, the only player to receive this designation. During her college career, she was a four-time NSCAA All-Region selection and received First -Team All-Ohio distinction all four years. She was recognized as a four-time All-MAC selection, with First Team recognition in 2000, 2001 and 2002. She was named the Ohio Player of the Year in 2000, MAC Player of the Year in 2001, and Miami University's Female Athlete of the Year in 2000-01. Andrea held many records during her collegiate career at the time of graduation. She was inducted into the Miami University Hall of Fame in 2010, and in 2015, her soccer jersey #14 was retired. This is the same jersey number she wore as a McAuley Mohawk.
Andrea served as an assistant soccer coach at Cincinnati State, and she played for the Cincinnati Ladyhawks W-League before it disbanded in 2006. She continues to play recreationally today.
Andrea earned her BSN from Miami University and is a registered nurse with Mercy Health Partners at the Jewish Hospital.
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