Jamie Ford, Tiffany (Speckman) Ebensperger and Braugeor Zeitler will join a prestigious club when they are inducted into the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 6.
These three former Titans will be honored at the annual Hall of Fame & Senior Awards Banquet in UW Oshkosh’s Reeve Memorial Union. Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased by contacting Susie Gustke at (920) 424-1383 or firstname.lastname@example.org before May 1.
The UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame was established in 1974 to give tribute and deserved recognition to former athletes, coaches and friends of the university. It is also intended to enhance school tradition by honoring those people who have shown exceptional ability while on the UW-Oshkosh campus and since graduation. This year’s class will increase the member count to 166.
Ford (’95) played women’s volleyball for the Titans in 1991 and 1993. She was named to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III All-America First Team during 1991, while making the second team in 1993. UW Oshkosh made the national tournament both years, including a Final Four appearance in 1991. Ford’s career numbers include 2,948 assists, 582 digs and 87 service aces. The two-time All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) selection is a graduate of St. Charles (Ill.) High School.
A two-time national champion, Ebensperger competed in women’s cross country and track & field from 1994-98. She won WIAC cross country titles in 1994, 1996 and 1997, and remains the only woman with three individual crowns. Ebensperger is one of two Titans to win the national championship, scoring her gold in 1997.
Ebensperger (’98) helped UW Oshkosh to national outdoor track & field titles from 1995-97 and indoor crowns in 1995-96. On the indoor track, she won the 5,000-meter run at the 1998 NCAA Division III Championship. At the 1998 outdoor meet, Ebensperger placed second in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs. The Juda High School graduate received the Honda NCAA Division III Woman Athlete of the Year award as a senior.
Zeitler (’64) ranks as one of the greatest players in the history of UW Oshkosh men’s tennis. He played in 1957, 1960-61 and 1963. While compiling an overall record of 53-3, Zeitler won the WIAC No. 1 singles championship in 1961 and 1963. The Fond du Lac Goodrich High School graduate added a No. 1 doubles title during the 1960 campaign.
At the national level, Zeitler qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship as a singles player in 1963 and a doubles contestant in 1961. Zeitler then coached boys tennis (1972-2003) and girls tennis (1987-2003) at Oshkosh West High School, leading the Wildcats to four Fox Valley Association titles.