The Hollins Student-Athlete


For all Hollins students, the college experience is an opportunity to pursue passions and nurture potential. Hollins athletes, like all Division III student-athletes, are encouraged to engage in this process both in the classroom and on the athletic field. A competitive athletic environment allows student-athletes to seek academic and athletic excellence while developing important life skills. Division III student-athletes are encouraged to take part in the full range of opportunities provided by the university, resulting in a truly comprehensive educational experience.

Hollins student-athletes are dedicated, not only, to the continual betterment of their own unique skills and abilities, but also seek to make an impact on the community around them. Student-athletes at Hollins are encouraged to play an active role in service projects on the Hollins campus as well as in the greater Roanoke area. Recently, the NCAA Division III has partnered with the Special Olympics. As part of this partnership, student-athletes are encouraged to use their athletics participation as a platform to help improve the lives of local Special Olympics athletes.

Obviously, the honor of wearing the Hollins Green and Gold also comes with great responsibility. Hollins student-athletes are expected to uphold the moral and academic values of the University, pursue athletic excellence, and seek to improve the lives of those around them.

Conference Affiliation

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) is the second-largest multisport NCAA Division III conference in the country. Schools include: Bridgewater, Eastern Mennonite, Emory & Henry, Guilford, Hampden-Sydney, Hollins, Lynchburg, Randolph, Randolph Macon, Roanoke, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar, Virginia Wesleyan, and Washington & Lee.

ODAC Championships

Riding: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991,1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013

Swimming: 1992, 1993

Tennis: 1984, 1993

Other Team Honors

Swimming: College Swimming Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team: 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Examples of Individual Excellence

Elizabeth Cheng '14 (golf)
Cheng was named ODAC Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2013 and 2014; was also named ODAC Women's Golfer of the Year (2013) and received All-ODAC First-Team honors (2013, 2014); qualified for NCAA III National Golf Championships as an individual, placing 12th (2013).

Shannon Ciccarello '17 (golf)
Ciccarello was named ODAC Women's Golf Rookie of the Year in 2014 and ODAC Second-Team

Jasmine Greene '13 (basketball)
Greene was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year for the 2009-2010 season.

Vicki Kasza '09 (golf)
Kasza won five tournaments during her successful career at Hollins. She finished tied for 16th place at the 2008 NCAA Championship in Waverly, Iowa. Vicki earned All-American Scholar honors and was named to the 2008 NGCA All-East Region team.

Emily Frost (lacrosse)
Frost was named the ODAC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2008.

Lanetta Ware (lacrosse)
2001 inductee into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Hillary Schreiber Rheinheimer '00 (riding)
Rheinheimer was selected to the ODAC All-Conference team all four years and was named the ODAC Rider of the Year her sophomore through senior years. Rheinheimer was also the IHSA Individual National Champion Open on the Flat and placed third in the nation in the Marshall and Sterling Hunter standings.

Kat Horton (swimming)
Horton set ODAC records in the 100 Fly (57.72-3/10/95) and the 200 Fly (205.88-3/11/95), both of which still stand. Horton was also National Champion in both the 100 and 200 Fly in 1995 and was recognized as the ODAC Swimmer of the Year in 1996.

Dede Keyser (lacrosse)
Keyser was a National All-American Selection in 1988, and a Regional All-American Selection is both 1987 and 1988.

Leslie Blanklin Lane (lacrosse)
Lane was 1980 World Cup Gold Medal Winner, Team USA

Carol Semple Thompson '70 (golf)
One of the country's premier amateur players for more than three decades, Thompson was elected to the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame for 2007. She was also named recipient of the 2005 PGA First Lady of Golf Award. Thompson is a veteran of 99 USGA Championships and owns seven national titles that include 1973 US Women's Amateur Championship, four US Senior Women's Amateur Championships, and two US Mid-Amateur Championships. Thompson was among the first women inducted into Hollins' Athletic Hall of Fame.