OMAHA, Neb. —Carol Ketcham, Renae Sinkler-O’Gorman and Megan (Bober) Varasteh have been announced as the class of 2022 for the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame, McCormick Endowed Athletic Director Marcus Flower announced Friday, August 26.
Selections continue Creighton’s celebration of 50e anniversary of Title IX and is only the fourth all-female class in the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame, joining 1987 (Mary Higgins), 1992 (Connie Yori & Mary Yori) and 1996 (Tanya Warren).
Carol Ketcham worked at Creighton from 1970 to 2014 in roles ranging from secretary, administrative assistant, sports ticket manager, compliance, special events coordinator, special events director, sports development director and senior administrator.
“Ketch”, as she is known to almost everyone, has played a huge role in the creation, organization and/or growth of major Creighton events such as the Bluejay Jamboree, the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame, Leaders for Life and virtually every other major event. set involving Jaybackers.
The Shenandoah, Iowa native also performed a variety of duties with the College World Series, helping with everything from play-by-play typing, distributing team tickets and coordinating courtesy cars while working near 500 games over the years.
Ketcham was recognized in 1990 with Creighton’s Distinguished Services Administrator Award, in 1996 with the 25 Years of Special Service award and most recently in 2007 with the Leaders For Life award.
Ketcham retired after 44 years at Creighton in 2014 and is one of the most tenured staff members in Athletic Department history. She resides in Omaha.
Renae Sinkler-O’Gorman played on the field for Team Bluejay Softball from 2007-2010, then helped the program’s success as an assistant coach from 2012-21. She won a title in each of her four seasons with the Bluejays as a player, as Creighton won three consecutive regular season crowns from 2007-2009 and the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championships in 2007 and 2010.
The Lincoln native hosted the greatest offensive season in school history as a senior in 2010, setting single-season school records for runs (59), RBI (58), total bases ( 147), slugging percentage (.880), on-base percentage (.514) as she hit an MVC record 24 home runs. She ranked fourth in the NCAA in home runs per game and sixth in slugging percentage, earning NFCA Third Team All-America honors as a senior.
By the time she graduated, Sinkler-O’Gorman had broken a Creighton record at the time and ranked third all-time in MVC history with 50 career homers. She also had scholastic records of 146 RBIs and 391 total bases. A member of three Bluejay NCAA Tournament teams, she earned MVC First-Team honors three times, NFCA All-Region honors twice, and remains one of only four players in league history. named MVC Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. In 2018, she was named to the MVC’s 25-year-old women’s softball team.
Sinkler-O’Gorman was also on the 2013 MVC Coaching Staff of the Year. She graduated from CU in 2011 with a degree in Graphic Design and minors in Computer Science and Web Design, then completed her Masters in Organizational Leadership in 2020.
O’Gorman and her husband Paul reside in Omaha. They have a daughter Lillyana and a son, Dominic.
Megan (Bober) Varasteh
Megan (Bober) Varasteh played as a member of the Creighton Volleyball program from 2008 to 2012, becoming the first player in the program to earn multiple AVCA All-America honors.
Varasteh’s last year has been one for the record books, both on and off the pitch. She became the first woman in the volleyball program named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year as well as MVC Tournament MVP, helping the Bluejays win their first regular season and conference tournament titles and a record 29 wins. . Varasteh was named MVC Player of the Week three times and Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2012 as the only player in the nation to average 9.50 assists, 1.90 digs, and 1.75 kills per set en route to becoming the program’s third player to be a first-team All-MVC three times.
His nine triple-doubles as a junior in 2011 set a conference record and led the nation. In his sophomore season (2010), Varasteh was CU’s only All-MVC first-team selection as the Bluejays earned their first NCAA Tournament bid and won as a program.
She closed her career with a school-record 15 triple-doubles (second in MVC history) and as the only player in league history with at least 4,000 assists, 1,000 digs, 800 kills and 400 blocks.
In addition to being named Creighton’s Female Athlete of the Year, she was also recognized as Carl M. Reinert, SJ, Scholar-Female Athlete of the Year, repeated her spot on the First Team Athlete-Scholars MVC and was named a CoSIDA Academic Second-Team All-American Selection as a senior.
Product Murdock, Neb., graduated in 2013 with a degree in exercise science. She and her husband, Alex, live in St. Louis.
Ketcham, Sinkler-O’Gorman and Varasteh are part of the 54th class of inductees and will give the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame 94 inductees, plus the 1991 Creighton baseball team. The Athletics Hall of Fame began in 1968 with the induction of the great Bluejay Bob Gibson. A full list of inductees is available on Creighton’s website at https://gocreighton.com/hof.aspx.
The 2022 Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Saturday, October 15 at the Hilton Omaha with tickets on sale in the near future.