Three to be inducted into Saint Mary's Sports Hall of Fame

Three to be inducted into Saint Mary's Sports Hall of Fame
WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Cardinal ‘M’ Club, in association with the Alumni Office, will induct three members into the SMU Sports Hall of Fame during Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend Friday-Sunday, Sept. 11-13.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2009 — Chad Doerre '96 (baseball), Sue Otto '90 (women's soccer) and Tom Pepper '74 (men's basketball) — will be honored during a ceremony Saturday evening.

Along with the induction of this year’s Hall of Fame class, Saturday’s ceremony will also honor SMU’s 2008-09 postseason award-winners, as well unveiling the 2008-09 Outstanding Male and Female Athletes, and Outstanding Scholar Athletes.

The weekend festivities conclude on Sunday with various alumni games held on the SMU campus.


Chad Doerre '96 (Baseball): A four-year letterwinner, Chad Doerre is one of the most accomplished pitchers to come through the Saint Mary’s baseball program. As a freshman, Doerre helped pitch the Cardinals to their most recent Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and a second-place showing in the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament. A two-time First-Team All-MIAC selection in 1995 and 1996, Doerre closed out his career with a 22-7 record with 11 complete games. He threw 197 innings, compiling a 2.38 earned-run-average, while walking 43 and striking out 143. His 22 wins and 197 innings pitch rank No. 1 all-time in SMU baseball history, while his 11 complete games and 143 strikeouts are No. 5 all-time. Doerre is also among the top 10 in ERA, ranking ninth at 2.38, while also proving productive at the plate, boasting a .330 career batting average and a .346 slugging percentage in 188 at-bats

Sue Otte '90 (Women's Soccer): A four-year letterwinner, Sue Otto was a stabilizing force for the Saint Mary’s University women’s soccer team – a team that won three Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and made three trips to the NCAA Division III national tournament, including a semifinal appearance in 1986. An All-MIAC First-Team selection in 1988 and 1989, Otto and the Cardinals lost just two conference games in her four-year career, going 47-2-0. Along with her all-conference honors, Otto was also a two-time First Team All-West Region pick in 1988-89, as well as a Third-Team All-American during her junior year, and a First-Team All-American and team MVP during her senior season. Otto appeared in 77 games during her four-year career, compiling 17 goals and 27 assists for 61 points. Her 27 assists rank No. 5 all-time in SMU women’s soccer history, while her 61 points are 11th and her 17 goals put her 12th.

Tom Pepper '74 (Men's Basketball): A three-year letterwinner and an NAIA All-District performer his senior season, Tom Pepper still remains one of the premier scorers in SMU men’s basketball history. His 1,281 points and 16.9 career per-game scoring average rank him ninth all-time, despite having only played three seasons at Saint Mary’s, after transferring from NCAA Division I Loyola Marymount University. Upon graduation, Pepper traded in his sneakers for a coach’s whistle, coaching high school basketball at St. Mel’s and Farragut Academy in Chicago.

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