25 Years of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics at Miami University
Schedule of Events
History/Timeline of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics at Miami
Women's Recreation Association
Miami Women's Athletics represented in the Athletic Hall of Fame
Miami University Female Athletes of the Year
Images of Women's Sports at Miami
Women's Sports Links on the World Wide Web


1887 Women were first admitted to Miami.
1902 A women's basketball team was formed by Fredrick "Cap"Stone, Director of Physical Culture at Miami. Two women'sbasketball teams competed in an intracollege game (LiberalArts College defeated Normal College 14-9). Miami's first women's intercollegiate basketball teamcompeted against Ohio State University both in Oxford andColumbus.
1908 The Girl's Athletic Association was founded (GAA) andbecame the controlling factor in women's athletics for severaldecades. The organization awarded "M's" to the girls of thebasketball team.
1911 Women's activities in physical education included"participation in college athletics, English field hockey, indoorbaseball, basket- ball, golf and tennis.
1912 A resolution by the Miami faculty abolished intercollegiategirl's basketball at Miami.
1913 Miami University rented a playing field with the GAA paying the rent for the field and the university maintaining andequipping the field as well as it could The GAA also inaugurated a drive for a gymnasium fund.
1922 The Women's Recreation Association was organized byMargaret Phillips, who had just been appointed as Miami'sAssistant Professor & Director of Physical Education for Women.
1926 A new field house was built with GAA funds.

1927 The first college Play Day in Southern Ohio was held atWestern College with 300 women from Miami, Western, andOxford College participating.
1933 The Miami University golf couse was built.
1936 A cabin was built approximately two and one-half milesnortheast of Oxford by the Women's Athletic Association withWAA funds and funds from the federal WPA. The cabin, known as the WRA cabin, provided a place for activities of the Department ofPhysical Education for Women.
1948 Carol Clark and Marilyn Pollack won the two-person title in the National Women's Intercollegiate Golf Tournament.
1949 Miami competed in the Ohio Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament at Ohio State. Field Hockey defeated Dayton and Ohio State in intercollegiate competition.
1950 Miami participated in intercollegiate competition in foursports (tennis, field hockey, golf, fencing), a volleyball SportsDay, and a National Telegraphic Meet in archery.
1952 A swimming club (Miami Mermaids) was formed and members of this group were chosen to compete against the University of Cincinnati and Western College in swimming competition.
1954 Miami competed against other schools in basketball, volleyball, golf and swimming.
1955 A softball team was formed.
1956 The Women's Athletic Association changed its name to the Women's Recreation Association.
1958 Miami hosted the first Ohio College Women's Tennis Tournament.
1959 Miami won its first state intercollegiate tournament in anysport at the Ohio Women's Intercollegiate Bowling Tournament.
1967 Over 200 women participated on intercollegiate teams in hockey, volleyball, badminton, tennis, golf, swimming, gymnastics, and basketball, with basketball and gymnastics recording undefeated seasons.
1971 Miami participated in the state tennis tournament and synchronized swimming meet, but not in the state basketballor volleyball tournaments.
1972 The national organization known as the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) was founded togovern intercollegiate athletics, enforce rules, and providechampionship opportunities for women's athletics. The Ohio Association of Intercollegiate Sports for Women was formed to regulate women's athletics in Ohio; Miamiparticipated in state basketball, volleyball, tennis and synchronizedswimming tournaments.
1972 Miami established a Women's Sports Account with a budget of $3500 for 1972-73 and $8000 for 1973-74
1974 Miami hired Elaine Hieber as the first women's athleticcoordinator.
1974-75 Women's athletics were integrated into the Miami Department of Intercollegiate Athletics with the sponsorship of ninesports - volleyball, basketball, softball, swimming anddiving, gymnastics, field hockey, track, and synchronizedswimming; the budget was $35,000; all head coaches werepart-time and the coordinator of women's sports coached basketball, softball, and volleyball.
1975-76 Miami made national news when the Miami-UC basketball game ended abruptly with 4 minutes left so the men could warm up for their game. Six sports were funded through the athletic department budget - volleyball, field hockey, basketball, swimming, tennis, andsoftball; track, gymnastics, and synchronized swimming were recognized only as club sports.
1977-78 The Coordinator of Women's Sports position was changed to an Assistant Athletic Director position.
1976 Track and field was re-instated as part of the athleticprogram for women.
1978 The Student Committee to Investigate the Status of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics at Miami University completed itsreport.
1979 President Phillip Shriver commissioned an Ad Hock Committeeto examine the State of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics atMiami University. The committee's charge was "... to report onour situation relative to Title IX and to recommend changeswhere appropriate."
1979-80 The women's head basketball coaching position became the first full-time coaching position for women's athletics in the state of Ohio.
1980-81 Field Hockey won the first state championship sponsored by OAISW, was second in the MAIAW and captured second place in the AIAW National Tournament. First full-time female Assistant Athletic Director was hired. Women's basketball won the OAISW Championship, the MAIAW Championship and participated in the AIAW National Quarterfinals.
1980 Elaine Price was the first Female Athlete of the Yearrecognized by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
1981-82 The Mid-American Conference sponsored the first MAC Championships for women; volleyball, basketball, fieldhockey and tennis were conference champions; tennis began a period of dominance in the conference with nine consecutive titles. The NCAA sponsored its first intercollegiate championshipsfor women; Miami volleyball was the first team to participatein an NCAA event.
1982-83 A new athletic complex, including Yager Stadium, opened providing a new home for women's field hockey,softball, and track and field. Women's swimming won its first Mid-American Conference Championship followed by 6 consecutive titles. Miami won the inaugural Jacoby Trophy, symbolizing overall excellence in the Mid-American Conference. The basketball jersey of Mary Ann Myers was retired; thiswas the first and only women's jersey to be retired,recognizing Mary Ann's exceptional athleticaccomplishments as a Miami athlete.
1983 Miami University conducted its first Office of Civil RightsTitle IX Review of the intercollegiate athletics program Miami's recognited its first female All-American, LindaMallendar, in women's basketball.
1984-85 Women's cross country was added to the athletic program and the volleyball team moved from WIthrow Court to Millett Hall.
1986 The first female, Leann Davidge (tennis coach), wasinducted into the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame Miami won its first MAC Championship in Women's Track & Field and a team member was the first Miami woman to win an NCAA Championship. event
1995-96 The inaugural year for precision ice skating as a varsity sport for women.
1997 The inaugural year for women's soccer as a varsity sport forwomen. .
1998-99 Synchronized skating won the United Skates Figure Skating Association National Championship. Volleyball became the first women's team to win an NCAA first round game in a national championship. The women's coaching staff has grown to 20 members, and over 250 women athletes participate in 11 sports.

Web page maintained by Miami University Libraries. Send comments/corrections.

Last updated 8/23/99