Poeppelman's Wall of Honor Ceremony Scheduled for Oct. 8

Staff Writer

A pioneering figure in the development of girls basketball will be honored by Fort Loramie High School this fall.

The Fort Loramie Education Foundation (FLEF) announced the ceremony to induct Jane Poeppelman, the 2016 inductee, into the Fort Loramie Wall of Honor will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017, in the high school gym.

The purpose of the Wall of Honor is to recognize and honor those persons living or deceased, who, through their performance, achievements and contributions, reflect credit on the Fort Loramie Local Schools so that present-day students may find identity with the past and establish goals for the future. The Wall of Honor will reinforce and enhance a positive image inside and outside of the Fort Loramie school district, as it also strives to foster an increased sense of pride among students, faculty, administration, alumni and residents.

 Poeppelman is recognized as the architect and first coach of the Fort Loramie girls basketball program.

After graduating from Fort Loramie High School in 1967, she attended Bowling Green State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education and, later, a Master of Education degree.  While an undergrad at BG, she lettered in both basketball and softball.  Having graduated from BGSU, Jane returned to Fort Loramie Schools in the fall of 1971 to teach physical education and health.  

Poeppelman worked hard to get the proper sports equipment and items needed for the various activities she planned for the many grade levels.  Her goal was to make Fort Loramie Schools the best possible place for education and sports.  With limited resources, staffing, and equipment, this was not an easy task.  However, with hard work and determination, she developed her programs to the maximum.

In 1971, girls’ interscholastic athletics under the Ohio High School Athletic Association were in their infancy, and Jane was eager to get a serious start.  Just eight years after her initial season, her team would be playing in the state basketball tournament in Columbus.

Poeppelman coached girls’ basketball for 22 years.  Her teams had a record of 339 wins and 115 losses, for a win percentage of 74 percent.  During her years, her teams garnered eleven league championships, seven district championships, two regional championships, and two appearances in the Ohio state basketball semi-finals.

In 1998 she was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the first woman to be inducted.

Throughout her tenure at Fort Loramie Schools, Jane also coached boys’ and girls’ golf, volleyball, and track.  In 1997, the girls’ golf team qualified for the state tournament.  Jane’s boys’ golf teams won six league titles and had several teams and individuals qualify for district tournaments.

While a teacher at Fort Loramie School, she coordinated the “Jump Rope for Heart” for the American Heart Association for a number of years.  While coaching golf, Poeppelman was a member of the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association.  She is a lifetime member of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association.  She also belonged to the District Nine Basketball Coaches Association.  Jane was named to the Ohio Girls Basketball Magazine Hall of Fame.  She was a member of the Fort Loramie Education Association during her time at Fort Loramie Schools.

Poeppleman taught at Fort Loramie Schools for 35 years.  Since retirement, Jane remains active in her community by chairing local blood drives and being an active member of the Fort Loramie Community Service Club.  She is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher Honor Society, and was a member of the G.Y.M. Committee, having served as secretary.  She is a member of Saint Michael Catholic Church, where she assists with funeral Masses.  She has volunteered with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, was a local member of the Loramie Cancer Crusaders, and has walked in the survivor’s lap at the Shelby County Relay for Life and the BGSU Relay for Life.

  Carla Siegel, former player for Jane, and the current coach of the Fort Loramie High School girls’ team, has this to say about Jane Poeppelman:  “…Jane taught many students and players skills that have lasted a lifetime.  For me, it was perseverance and working towards a common goal.  She challenged us to always put forth our best effort.  Playing basketball for Fort Loramie has always been a proud moment for many young women.  That strong tradition was started by Jane.”