From 2001–2005, Stephanie led the Lady Spartan soccer, basketball and softball teams. In soccer, she netted over 50 career goals and is one of only two females at the school to have scored over 1,000 career points in basketball finishing with 1,001. In softball, Stephanie led the team accumulating three no hitters and 24 homeruns in four years. She helped the softball team to a Penn Jersey Title in 2003. Stephanie was All League eight times as a 1st team Penn Jersey Athlete. She was inducted on June 8th, 2007 during Class Night as a charter member of the Hall of Fame.
From 1999–2002, Kulwinder accrued 2,176 points on the basketball court. He continues to hold the all-time high score in Burlington County history. Kulwinder led the Spartan soccer and golf teams. In his junior and senior seasons, he netted over 50 goals and was voted team MVP. As the number one golfer, Kulwinder received team MVP honors in his junior and senior seasons. He was inducted on June 8th, 2007 during Class Night as a charter member of the Hall of Fame.
From the early 1970’s through 2005, Frank Atzert was a staple behind the plate during St. Mary’s Hall – Doane Academy softball games. He umpired every home game that the Lady Spartans played in that time period. The former South Jersey Umpire Association president and Burlington resident umpired many Penn Jersey championship games and countless regular season contests. Frank also umpired Doane Academy baseball games held at the school. His hustle, enthusiasm and dedication enhanced the overall spirit within the athletic program.
Affectionately named ‘Aunt Peg’ by her students, Peg Sharp came to St. Mary’s Hall in 1954 and took control of the women’s athletic program. For twenty five years ‘Aunt Peg’ was the coach of the Women’s Basketball and Field Hockey teams. She was in charge of all women’s athletics and taught Physical Education for grades one through twelve. During her tenure, Peg was a leader at St. Mary’s Hall and will be remembered not just as a great coach but as a great friend to all of her students.
Michael Payne is clearly in a league of his own when it comes to soccer at Doane Academy. In 1992 he accumulated 50 goals and garnered accolades from all over the state and country. He was voted Trenton Times, Burlington County Times and South Jersey Soccer ‘Player of the Year’. Michael was also recognized by Umbro as an All American. After netting 116 high school goals he continued his career at Columbia University where in 1996 he was voted All Ivy first team and SJSCA College Player of the Year.
Shelton Austin is one of the most recognizable athletes of the 1980s. His Varsity Basketball and Soccer careers began as a contributing 8th grader in 1983. This trend continued throughout high school although Shelton became more than just a contributor. A leader on the Soccer, Basketball and Baseball squads, Shelton was named Captain of each as a junior and senior. He also led the Basketball team to a Moravian Tournament championship in 1987. Shelton finished with close to 1,000 points on the hardwood and netted over 40 goals in his soccer career.
Coach Sean Yackel was inducted into the Doane Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in May of 2012 for his outstanding service and commitment to Doane Athletics. Since beginning his tenure here; Coach Sean has coached Varsity Girls Softball for eighteen seasons and in that time he amassed over 200 wins, 7 championships, and won the first ever softball state playoff game. He has also coached Varsity Boys soccer for seventeen seasons and has a school record for most wins by a boys’ soccer coach. In addition, Coach Sean coached Varsity Girls Basketball for six seasons and in that time the girls went to two championship games. We all appreciate Coach Sean’s effort and determination in helping to make our athletic program the best in the state. We look forward to more success in the future.