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Former Olympian Cindy Noble Hauserman to deliver keynote address at OU-C Recognition of Graduation event

Olympic basketball standout Cindy Noble Hauserman will deliver the keynote address at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 in the Shoemaker Center. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, will honor Chillicothe Campus students who have earned associate bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University during the 2012-13 academic year.

A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will be held at 6 p.m. on May 2 in the Shoemaker Center.

Hauserman, a native of Clarksburg, is one of the most accomplished athletes in Ross County, an area known for rich athletic achievements.

One of the top women’s basketball players of her time, Hauserman was selected for the 1980 United States Olympics team, which boycotted the Summer Games. Four years later, she was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, which won the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Hauserman represented the United States in international competition a total of seven times.

Hauserman’s athletic career is rooted in Ross County. She played on state championship teams in three sports – volleyball, basketball and track & field – at Adena High School and was named a high school All-American in basketball.

She then attended the University of Tennessee, where Hauserman helped lead the Lady Volunteers to a record of 88-22 and three Final Four appearances. Hauserman was named Kodak All-America in 1981 and was a finalist for the Wade Trophy, which is awarded to the outstanding collegiate women’s basketball player.

Besides participating in the Olympics, Hauserman played professionally in Italy and Japan for three seasons.

Once her playing days were finished, Hauserman served as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky and as head coach at Centre College, also in Kentucky.

Proving it is possible to return home, she has since returned to the region, as a teacher and coach at Westfall High School.

In 1984, Adena High School renamed its gymnasium in her honor.

Hauserman is a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the University of Tennessee Lady Vol Hall of Fame and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.

“I am delighted that Cindy Noble Hauserman will deliver the keynote address at this important occasion, and I look forward to hearing her remarks,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “She understands the importance of setting goals and having the vision to achieve those lofty expectations. Further, as a native of Ross County, she brings an especially relevant perspective that should resonate with our graduates as they go forward to make their own marks in their professions and their communities.”