|Year of Graduation:||1990-1994|
The Cincinnati area has been exceptionally kind to Maryville College athletics over the years. Some of the best talent to step on the field or court in the orange and garnet has had Ohio roots. Our next inductee, Jennifer McCafferty opened the southern Ohio volleyball recruiting pipeline for Head Coach Kandis Schram. Jennifer, a standout scholar, excelled at both volleyball and softball for the Scots from 1990-1994.
As a freshman, McCafferty was surrounded by talent on the volleyball court. Wall of Fame member Leslie Henry was her key target as this primary setter led the team with 1,235 assists in 97 sets played. Her team was ranked fifth within the conference but steadily rose throughout the season to go 10-3 in WIAC challenges. MC lost in the WIAC championship match to close the season, a year in which Jennifer averaged an amazing 12.7 assists per set. The Scots finished 24-12 overall in her first year. Valued for her athleticism and her selfless team spirit, Jennifer was selected as the team’s Coach’s Award honoree following the season. According to her coach, Kandis Schram, “Jenni was very instrumental to the success of the team. Her job was to get the ball to our scorers and she did it with great precision and efficiency.”
Jennifer’s abilities allowed Coach Schram to change offensive philosophies during her sophomore year. During her first season Jen was a primary setter, this year she exploded on the scene as a setter and attacker to help the diversity of the MC offense. This allowed a pair of setters to get the ball to the scorers at the net and also allowed Jennifer to display her offensive and defensive skills. At the end of the 1991 fall season, MC went 23-20 with a WIAC record of 12-4. The team placed third in the Greensboro Invitational and fourth in the MC Invitational. She led the team to their second consecutive second place finish in the WIAC tournament. With Stephanie French earning team most improved honors and Tonya DeWitt excelling as the squad’s MVP, McCafferty earned her second consecutive Coach’s Award and her second varsity letter. For as much as she excelled on the court, Jennifer may be more renowned for her contributions in the college community. She was an active member in student government and took every opportunity to communicate the value of athletics to the academic side of campus.
As one of four three-year starters, Jennifer returned to the court for her junior season in the fall of 1992. The first season MC volleyball competed without a conference affiliation resulted in a 21-7 record. McCafferty and her teammates as an independent marched through the South region claiming the Greensboro Invitational, the Maryville Invitational, and Washington & Lee Invitational against some of the best volleyball competition in the region and within the NCAA Division III. Competing against this level of competition and raising the awareness of regional evaluators set the stage for an exciting senior season. MC finished the season ranked 8th in the South Region, their highest ranking since 1982. Once again Jennifer was named the team’s Coach’s award winners. This president’s council member expanded her role in the MC community and tore through the MC curriculum with ease.
Jennifer’s final season on the court was the fall of 1993. In a new offensive attack system, she led the team with 558 assist, averaging 4.5 per set. Feeding the ball to Wall of Fame member Dena Godsey, McCafferty led the Scots to a 27-12 record. The Scots volleyball team had not been to the NCAA post season since the 1982 season and never in Coach Schram’s early tenure. This was about to change. The 1993 squad earned a trip to the NCAA tournament and set the foundation for post-season tournament bids that have totaled ten to date.
Jennifer was a strong contributor of four seasons on the Scots softball team during her tenure. She roamed leftfield and centerfield for Coach Schram’s young, rebuilding softball Scots that featured Wall of Fame members Nikki Boop and Dena Godsey. Jennifer took great pride in serving as a foundation for both programs to excel in the future. Also during her four seasons, she helped to establish the MC Covenant and was the first volleyball player under Coach Schram to be nominated for academic all-american consideration.
Upon graduation in 1994 with a cum laude degree in chemistry and a pair of minors in biology and Spanish, Jennifer went to medical school at the University of Miami specializing in molecular and cellular pharmacology. She did her research at the prestigious Miller School of Medicine at Miami and is presently the Chief Medical Compliance Officer for the University of Miami Health System and the Miller School of Medicine. She has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Miami and Barry University and as an invited speaker for her expertise in career development as well as scientific and research ethics issues.
Jennifer is proudly supported by her parents Dan and Charlotte McCafferty as well as her husband Rudy Fernandez. She is the proud mom of five year old twins, Anna and Nina, as well as an almost two year old, Nicholas. Rudy and Jennifer are expecting their fourth child soon.
Ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome Jennifer McCafferty to the 2012 Maryville College Wall of Fame.