Brenda Meese to Present the History of Women in Sport at Wooster

Assistant Director of Athletics will chronicle the lives of three iconic leaders at next Faculty at Large lecture

25 March, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio, — Brenda Meese, associate professor of physical education at The College of Wooster, will present "Women's Athletics and Recreation at the College of Wooster: The Legacies of Kathleen Lowrie, Maria Sexton, and Nan Nichols" at the next Faculty at Large lecture on Thursday, April 9. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

Meese will discuss her work in creating a visual record of the history of women and sport at Wooster to tell the stories of three women physical educators who served more than 30 years each and who represent three distinctly different periods of time for women's athletics. Lowrie (1921-1953) guided women through the recreational era of play days, sport days, and interclass competition. Sexton (1953-1984) organized and implemented varsity sports and national championships for women. Nichols (1963-1994) helped move women into the NCAA era of conference championships and joint athletic departments. Meese will contextualize the impact of these three women on sport and recreation at Wooster through images from the digital collection she has built for the College.

A1975 Wooster graduate, Meese earned her M.S. from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1981. She joined Wooster's faculty in 1989 and serves as assistant director of athletics as well as head field hockey coach. She is the all-time leader in career wins in field hockey at both Wooster and SUNY-Oneonta, where she spent 10 years as the head coach prior to Wooster. She is currently ranked seventh among active Division III field hockey coaches in career wins. In addition, she has served on NCAA Division III National Sport Committees for basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse. Her honors include her four-time selection as the Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year and induction into Wooster's "W" Association Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition, she has been honored in Athletic Hall of Fames at both Beavercreek High School (inaugural class) and Oneonta State (Team of Distinction for her 1979 field hockey team, which finished third in the AIAW National Tournament).

Additional information about Meese's lecture is available by phone (330-263-2576) or e-mail.