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Maryville announces additions to Saints Athletics Hall of Fame

on July 21, 2012 by Janet Edwards

The Maryville University Department of Athletics has announced its 2012 inductees to the Saints Athletics Hall of Fame. The class features former student-athletes Marissa Essner Johnson, ’05 , Amanda Nuyt,  ’06, Maureen Walterbach Redeker, ’06, former coach John Renaud and the newest recipient of the Lonnie Folks Award, Eugene A. “Roscoe” Dorriere, ’88. This year’s induction ceremony will take place Thursday, Sept. 27, in Maryville’s Auditorium.

Marissa Essner Johnson ’05, of St. Charles, Mo., played softball for the Saints in 2004 and 2005. She became just the third Maryville softball player to earn All-America honors when she was a second-team selection in 2005. Essner was a first-team All-Midwest Region and first-team All-Conference in 2004 and 2005 and named to the 2005 All-SLIAC Tournament squad. She earned the SLIAC Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year 2004 and helped guide the Saints to the NCAA Division III Tournament. As a hitter, Essner still ranks in the top 10 in home runs (17), batting average (.364), RBIs (81), total bases (182), doubles (23) and runs scored (66). In addition, she was an excellent pitcher and ranks in the top 10 wins (26), shutouts (7), ERA (2.90) and strikeouts (186).

Amanda Nuyt, ’06, of St. Peters, Mo., played soccer and softball for the Saints from 2002-2006. For the soccer program, she was the 2005 SLIAC Player of the Year and was a first-team All-Conference selection in 2004 and 2005. Nuyt earned All-Conference second team honors as a sophomore and garnered Honorable Mention as a freshman. Nuyt still holds the school record for saves (491) and wins (35), ranks second with 22 shutouts and is third in save percentage (.820). On the softball diamond, Nuyt was a three-time All-Conference honoree and twice was a first-team selection. She ranks fifth in runs scored (98), seventh in hits (137) and is still in the top 10 for home runs, RBIs and stolen bases.

The late John Renaud of St. Louis served as the head coach for the men’s soccer program from 1984 through 1999 and directed the Saints to 11 winning seasons. He battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for many years, while continuing to coach the Saints, before finally losing the battle to ALS in 2003. Renaud coached Maryville to regular-season SLIAC titles in 1993 and 1994 and won four SLIAC tournament titles. During his tenure, he had 21 first-team All-Conference selections, 24 second-team selections and 14 Honorable Mention selections. Renaud coached two Newcomers of the Year (1995, 1997) as well as the 1994 SLIAC Player of the Year. He was named the SLIAC Coach of the Year four times.

Maureen Walterbach Redeker, ’06, of Kansas City, Mo., played four seasons for the women’s basketball team and helped lay the foundation for the NCAA Division III record for consecutive conference wins. She led the Saints to the SLIAC regular season championship in 2003-04 and the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid in 2004. Walterbach was a first-team All-SLIAC selection in 2004 and an Honorable Mention choice in 2002-03. As a senior, she was a CoSIDA first-team Academic All-District selection and was the recipient of the SLIAC Post-Graduate Scholarship. She ranks second all-time with 1,162 points scored and ranks in the top 10 in 13 career categories.


Eugene A. “Roscoe” Dorriere, ’88, of Santa Fe, N.M., was a multisport athlete who was named Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 1975. He was a four-time team captain on the soccer team and played two seasons with the baseball and basketball teams.

 In addition to his dedication on the court, Dorriere contributed his time and talent away from the field of competition. He earned the University’s Dedication for Service to Maryville award in 1976 and garnered recognition for his humanitarian service efforts after Hurricane Frederick struck the Mobile, Ala., area.

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