UC Clermont inducts Hall of Fame athletes
Five alumni honored for their achievements as Cougars
Five University of Cincinnati Clermont College alumni were inducted into the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame Wednesday, Sept. 6.
The Cougars Hall of Fame, which was established in 2005, welcomed the following former student-athletes in 2023:
- Rachel Hays, women’s volleyball, 2012
- Kelsie Holland Fecher, women’s volleyball, 2019
- Ryan Mummert, men’s baseball, 2014
- Aric Stutz Dorsey, women’s basketball, 2018
- Marisa Stutz Foster, women’s basketball, 2013
Each inductee met stringent nomination qualifications and were vetted by the Hall of Fame committee; current and previous coaches were on hand to recognize their former players. More than 100 family and community members attended the event, held in UC Clermont’s Student Activities Center on the college’s Batavia, Ohio campus. The building serves as the home court for the UC Clermont basketball and volleyball teams.
“To be considered for our Hall of Fame, you need to not only be a great athlete but have the intangibles of being a great teammate and community member once you leave campus and pursue a career,” said Brian Sullivan, UC Clermont athletic director. “All of our inductees this year are great examples of those attributes.”
Sullivan, who has spearheaded athletics at UC Clermont since 2006, was recently named USCAA Athletic Director of the Year. He has overseen the addition of soccer and baseball programs, a conference change, new home facilities and standing-room only crowds. The Cougars have earned seven national titles and celebrated nearly 100 student-athletes receiving national honors under Sullivan’s tenure. Four UC Clermont coaches have been named USCAA Coach of the Year.
“We have unbelievable support from the college administration that fuels our success,” Sullivan said. “It creates a trickle-down effect — good teams, good coaches, strong community relationships — without any of those pieces, it wouldn’t work. The return of the Hall of Fame is an important part of recognizing those who have contributed to our athletic programs’ success.”
Learn more about UC Clermont athletics at ucclermont.edu/athletics.
Featured photo at top: UC Clermont 2023 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees, from left: Ryan Mummert, Rachel Hays, Kelsie Holland Fecher, Marisa Stutz Foster and Arica Stutz Dorsey. Photo/Danny Kidd
About UC Clermont
UC Clermont College is located in the center of Clermont County on 91 beautiful, wooded acres in Batavia Township. The college is an accredited, open-access institution offering more than 60 programs and degrees. UC Clermont is part of the nationally recognized University of Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-556-5400 or visit www.ucclermont.edu.