The daughter of two Akron Public Schools educators whose careers spanned a combined six decades, Kathleen Jordan Hohl embodied the term “student-athlete.” After a successful multi-sport career at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, which included the 1984 AAA state softball championship under SCSHOF member Coach Merrylou Windhorst, Jordan joined the storied University of Akron softball program coached by another SCSHOF member, Joey Arrietta .
Jordan earned four varsity letters from 1986-89 while playing on four consecutive winning teams. Her freshman season was mostly a learning and adjusting experience, but she saw enough action to letter on a 31-14 -1 team. In 1987 she started in 61 games at catcher and had six game-winning hits and a .293 slugging percentage as the Lady Zips compiled a 43-14 -1 record during UA’s inaugural season as a NCAA Division I member. That record earned UA a post-season bid to play in the National Invitational Championship where it finished seventh with a 2-2 mark. Without a doubt, Jordan’s breakout year came in 1988 on a team that set 38 records on the way to a 47-19 season. In addition to batting a career high .340 in 66 games, she hit three doubles against Austin Peay, which still stands as the UA and NCAA Division I single-game records, had only four strikeouts in 200 at-bats and was voted UA’s co-MVP. Those stats, coupled with her 3.5 GPA in the classroom, earned Jordan her highest athletic honors when she was named the university’s first NCAA Division I Academic All-American.
A starting catcher in 184 games for UA, Kathleen closed out her collegiate career by helping Akron compile a 36-23-1 record in 1989. She holds or is tied for the lead in three single-season categories and ranks among the top 10 in four single-season lists. The culmination of that career earned her induction into the UA Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
After working four years as a student assistant in the Zips’ sports information office, the 1989 UA graduate earned a master’s degree at Kent State in 1991 and went on to serve eight years as the sports information director at Marquette University. Hohl, who resides in Franklin, WI with husband, Paul, and son, Jordan, is currently director of communications at Milwaukee Area Technical College.