Villa Madonna Academy Athletic Hall of Fame

History of the Athletic Hall of Fame

The first induction of athletes into the Villa Madonna Academy Athletic Hall of Fame occurred in October 2009. Eight athletes and one coach were honored.

In its history, the Academy has had numerous athletes, teams, and coaches that have accomplished noteworthy achievements. The Hall of Fame was established to honor their legacy. The philosophy of the Athletic Hall of Fame was not only to recognize the inductees, but to demonstrate what dedication can do for students who pursue activities with diligence and determination. Inductees are role models for both current and future Villa students.

On September 12, 2015, Villa inducted nine new members into the Hall of Fame. Also at the Induction, the 1980 State Championship Swim Team and the 1970s State Championship Swim Teams were recognized. Click here to access the Athletic Hall of Fame program that includes inductee biographies and information on volleyball and swim teams.



2015 Inductees
(seated l to r): Beth Rechtin Venard '89, Stephanie Scheper Gillcrist '83, Regina Noll Ransdell '93 and Lisa Warman '81. (Back row l to r): J. J. Santos '93, Sarah Stamper '05, Fredda Simpson '81, Kate O'Toole '01 and Mary Jo Dressman Pursley '77.





2009 Induction Program

2009 Inductees
Becky Ruehl Amann ‘95
Carla Austin ‘72
Lori Erpenbeck ‘81
Kim Gunning ‘78
Melisa Schreiber Harkrader ‘85
Jane Scheper Meier ‘69
Kelly Reutman Roberts ‘95
Lisa Scheper ‘76
the late Coach Dennis Van Houten



1980 State Championship
Volleyball Team Honored


At the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, the 1980 volleyball team was recognized on the 35th anniversary of their state championship. Pictured (seated l to r) Fredda Simpson, Lori Erpenbeck, Lisa Warman, and Stephanie Scheper Gillcrist. (standing l to r) Coach Carla Austin, Julie Coleman Franke, Polly Rippe Dickmann, Jill, Scheper Neltner, Janie Scheper Grosser, and Monica Barnes Krummen. Not pictured: Debbie Warner and Diane Enzweiler


1970s Swim Teams


In 1974, 1975, and 1976, Villa's swim teams were state champions. In 1972, 1973, and 1977, they were state runners-up. The swim team were recognized by Villa Athletic Director, Eric Schmitt, at the Hall of Fame. Click for the full story and a complete list of swimmers.

6 State Championship
Swim Banners Unveiled


The swim teams were surprised by the unveiling of their state championship banners. All six banners will be hung in the gym to recognize them for their athletic legacy at Villa.


Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Hall of Fame Inductees

 The following Villa Madonna Academy athletes have been inducted into the NKY Athletic Directors Hall of Fame:

2006-Kelly Reutman
2003-Melisa Harkrader
2002-Jane Meier
2001-Lisa Scheper
2000-Kim Gunning
1999-Lori Erpenbeck


To nominate an alum for the Villa Athletic Hall of Fame or NKADA, please contact Becky Motley, Alumni Coordinator, via email or (859) 331-6333 x140. Provide the nominee's name and contact information, your name and contact information, and a brief statement about the nominee.