Pat Garrity '98 (basketball) served as the keynote speaker at the letter jacket ceremony.

Monogram Club Holds 2010 Fall Letter Jacket Ceremony

Nov. 11, 2010


2010 Fall Letter Jacket Ceremony Photo Gallery

The Notre Dame Monogram Club awarded letter jackets to 115 first-time monogram winners at the organization’s annual fall letter jacket ceremony Wednesday night in the Joyce Center.

More than 200 individuals, including student-athletes, coaches, parents and administrators, gathered in the Monogram Room to celebrate an important Notre Dame tradition, started by the Monogram Club two years ago.

Although the organization has awarded letter jackets to varsity student-athletes since the Club’s inception in 1898, a formal ceremony was implemented in 2008 to properly honor student-athletes for the competitive accomplishments to which only 8,000 individuals in the history of Notre Dame can stake claim.

“Some things at Notre Dame have never changed, and one constant has been that letterjacket,” Monogram Club president Joe Restic ’79 (football) said during his welcome speech. “It still stands for commitment, dedication, teamwork, sacrifice and personal pride. So to the 115 student-athletes here this evening, you are now part of a very select group, and I’d like to be the first to offer my congratulations. Hopefully, this evening will be one of the many milestones you will achieve during your careers here at Notre Dame.”

After his remarks, Restic introduced University of Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. Jenkins praised the student-athletes in attendance for the way they serve as model ambassadors for Notre Dame, often under a high level of scrutiny and attention.

“Whenever you wear that letter jacket or any uniform from Notre Dame, you have a special responsibility and a special privilege to represent this University,” Jenkins said. “I’m often so very proud of the way Notre Dame student-athletes behave, not necessarily because they won the match or the game or the championship, but just as much for the way they carry themselves, for how hard they work and for the intensity in which they play.”

While the letter jacket symbolizes athletic accomplishments and success while at Notre Dame, it also serves as a treasured memento for student-athletes once they leave Notre Dame and a reminder of the bonds they share with teammates long after their careers are over.

The importance of this bond was stressed by keynote speaker Pat Garrity ’98 (basketball), a 10-year NBA veteran and the 1998 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year while at Notre Dame.

“Over the years we develop many relationships, but if you go down the list in your head, I’m willing to bet the ones you count as truly meaningful are the ones you share with other people who have the same set of core values that you do,” Garrity said. “Once you leave Notre Dame, it will be the shared experiences and values that you had with one another as athletes at this institution that will draw you back to here and will allow you to deepen the relationships that many of you are forming right now.”

At the conclusion of the formal program of speakers, Restic welcomed faculty athletic representative Patricia Bellia to the podium, who invited the first-time monogram winners up to the stage by sport. During the presentation of each group, coaches and administrators joined the athletes to celebrate the accomplishment.

Sophomore fencer Marta Stepien closed the ceremony by representing her fellow student-athletes with remarks about why earning a monogram represents so much of what Notre Dame student-athletes believe.

“There are many things that the world signifies as success. It involves winning, championships, making lots of money, buying fancy cars,” Stepien said. “But for us, it means attending the University of Notre Dame and being able to participate in athletics at their highest level. We want to play the game, not just for ourselves, but also for our family, our commitment to Notre Dame, and the spirit of the Fighting Irish.”

Parents from all over the country attended the ceremony to see their children receive their jackets first hand, and many became emotional as the ceremony reached its conclusion.

Cathy and Joseph Finkel flew in from New Jersey to surprise their daughter, Chrissy, a sophomore on the track & field team.

“This is truly a culmination of her entire athletic career and we wanted to share it with her,” Cathy Finkel said. “She worked so hard and this is amazing accomplishment and an amazing way to recognize it.”


Baseball Rowing
Ty Adams Indianapolis, Ind. Andrea Archer Redding, Conn.
Frank DeSico Cleveland, Ohio Valerie Brencher Lumberton, N.J.
Joe Hudson Odessa, Fla. Alicia Elliott Ambler, Pa.
Charles Markson Whitefish Bay, Wis. Jacqueline Gilhooly Palos Heights, Ill.
Adam Norton Highland, Ind. Ching-Ting Hwang Chesterfield, Mo.
Herman Petzold St. Clair Shores, Mich. Brianna Krafcik Aurora, Ohio
Matthew Scioscia Westlake Village, Calif. Kathryn Monahan Evanston, Ill.
Joseph Spizzirri San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Stephanie O’Neill Vienna, Va.
Patrick Veerkamp Ft. Wayne, Ind. Joanna Poinsatte Chattanooga, Tenn.
Meghan Salomon Cincinnati, Ohio
Men’s Basketball Sarah Thompson Los Angeles, Calif.
Mike Broghammer Orono, Minn. Paige White Boise, Idaho
Joey Brooks Houston, Texas
Jack Cooley Glenview, Ill. Softball
Ben Hansbrough Poplar Bluff, Mo. Jaclyn Bowe Galesburg, Mich.
Tom Knight Dixfield, Maine Amy Buntin Franklin, Tenn.
Scott Martin Valparaiso, Ind. Kathryn Lux Glendale Heights, Ill.

Brittany O’Donnell

Avon, N.J.
Women’s Basketball Kelsey Thornton Sugar Land, Texas
Alena Christiansen Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Skylar Diggins South Bend, Ind. Men’s Swimming
Kaila Turner Joliet, Ill. Bill Bass Chesterton, Ind.
Jordan Berry Fort Mill, S.C.
Men’s Fencing Tylor Gauger Kokomo, Ind.
Jason Choy Basking Ridge, N.J. Christopher Johnson St. John, Ind.
Grant Hodges Salina, Kan. Ryan Koter Delmont, Pa.
James Kaull Washington, D.C. John McGinley King of Prussia, Pa.
William McGough Bronxville, N.Y. Wesley Mullins Louisville, Ky.
Jack Piasio DuBois, Pa. Kevin Overholt Naperville, Ill.
Anthony Schlehuber Carmel, Ind. Petar Petrovic Pancevo, Serbia
Stefan Prendergast Lawrenceville, N.J.
Women’s Fencing
Mason Weber Marshall, Mo.
Danielle Guilfoyle Pittstown, N.J.
Grace Hartman St. Paul, Minn. Women’s Swimming
Phenix Messersmith El Cerrito, Calif. Jennifer Chiang Fairport, N.Y.
Abigail Nichols Concord, Mass. Grace Fredlake Tampa, Fla.
Kathryn Palazzoto Nutley, N.J. Kimberly Holden Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Marta Stepien South Amboy, N.J. Jaime Malandra Allentown, Pa.
Lauren Scott Fayetteville, Ga.
Men’s Golf
Olavo Batista Sao Paulo, Brazil Men’s Tennis
Carl Santos-Ocampo Naples, Fla. Patrick Callaghan Iowa City, Iowa
Tom Usher Bradford, England Michael Moore Glenview, Ill.
Chris Walker The Woodlands, Texas Blas Moros Boca Raton, Fla.
Kyle Willis Lake Forest, Ill. Spencer Talmadge Hillsborough, Calif.
Takashi Yoshii Tokyo, Japan
Michael Johnson Verona, Wis. Women’s Tennis
Nicholas Larson Apple Valley, Minn. Chrissie McGaffigan Davenport, Iowa
Joseph Lavin Shrewsbury, Mass.
Kyle Palmieri Montvale, N.J. Men’s Track & Field
Eric Ringel Hinckley, Ohio Matthew Brown Dunedin, Fla.
Riley Sheahan St. Catharine’s, Ontario Ted Glasnow Newhall, Calif.
Mitchell Gormley Lawrenceville, Ga.
Men’s Lacrosse Kelly Lynch Spokane, Wash.
Nicholas Beattie Columbus, Ohio Dean Odegard St. Louis, Mo.
Quinn Cully Duxbury, Mass. Jeremy Rae Fort Erie, Ontario
Ryan Foley Glen Ridge, N.J. Brier Steenberge Granburg, Texas
Colin Igoe Columbus, Ohio
Eric Keppeler Baldwin, Md. Women’s Track & Field
Chip Lanser Parkton, Md. Rudy Atang Houston, Texas
Brendan Moore Charlotte, N.C. Chrissy Finkel Montville, N.J.
Steven Murphy Shirley, N.Y. Kendra Jennings La Prairie, Ill.
Kevin Randall Penfield, N.Y. RikkiLynn London Lakeside, Ariz.
Sean Rogers New Hyde Park, N.Y. Ericka Nowell Perris, Calif.
Robert Smith Woodbine, N.J. Nevada Sorenson Sioux Falls, S.D.
Taylor Tripucka Mountain Lakes, N.J. Jasmine Williams Phoenix, Ariz.
Women’s Lacrosse
Emily Conner Alexandria, Va.
Kristin DeRespiris Locust Valley, N.Y.
Kelly Driscoll Andover, Mass.
Jenny Granger East Setauket, N.Y.
Ellie Hilling Rochester, N.Y.
Meredith Locasto Pittsburgh, Pa.
Betsy Mastropieri Richmond, Va.
Flannery Nangle Auburn, N.Y.
Jordy Shoemaker Andover, Mass.