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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">From "Bear Down" to "Boomer Sooner," Stephanie Rempe's athletic career has been an interesting and often spectacular adventure.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The former <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> volleyball player is the Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Oklahoma</st1:PlaceName></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">She's also a member of the Norman Running Club and is a serious distance runner whose resume includes six marathons.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"I'm training for an ironman in September in <st1:City w:st="on">Oklahoma City</st1:City>," Rempe said in a telephone conversation from her OU office in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Norman</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">It's amazing that she has time to train for anything, considering her responsibilities at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma</st1:place></st1:State>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">She oversees women's basketball, softball and volleyball, men's and women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track, men's and women's gymnastics, (men's) wrestling and the Sooner athletic department's strength and conditioning program.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"I'm gone a ton," Rempe said, "especially this time of year." <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">It was with mixed feelings that she discussed the recent two-game sweep by the Sooners over <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> at the Judy Garman Softball Classic in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Fullerton</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Oklahoma</SPAN></st1:State></st1:place><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> defeated the Wildcats 6-2 in the first meeting, and then routed UA 11-0 in the championship game of the tournament.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"I think it was the first time since 1996 that <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> had been run-ruled," Rempe said. "But I love Mike Candrea (UA head coach) and his program."<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">It wasn't the first time the Sooners rained on <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>'s softball parade.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In 2004, when Candrea was away coaching the <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> Olympic team, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma</st1:place></st1:State> defeated the Cats, 3-2, in the NCAA Regionals here at Hillenbrand Stadium.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Louisiana-Lafayette then bounced UA out of postseason play, 5-0.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Rempe has seen a lot of the Wildcat softball team at the College World Series in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma City</st1:place></st1:City>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>"It's always neat to see the Cats play," she said. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>"Last year, while they were winning their -- what? -- seventh national championship, Rocky came to my house and we had lunch.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That was very special to me."<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Rocky, of course, is Rocky LaRose, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>'s senior associate director of athletics.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Stephanie, from <st1:City w:st="on">Santa Barbara</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif</st1:State>.., enrolled at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> in 1990 and wound up playing under two head coaches, Rosie Wegrich and Dave Rubio.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"I was Rosie's first walk-on," she said. "I played two years under Rosie and two under Dave."<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Stephanie experienced one of the great turnarounds in the program's history.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>"We went 0-18 (in the Pacific-10 Conference) my sophomore year," she said, "and two years later, under Dave, we went to the Sweet 16."<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Her most memorable experience at UA? That's easy. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"Hands down, it was beating UCLA at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> my senior year," she said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>"I'm very proud of my volleyball experience at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Rosie gave me the opportunity to play and eventually I earned a scholarship.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"Then, after some 'down' years, we beat Stanford and UCLA and went to the Sweet 16," she said.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In her senior year, the Cats finished 20-11 overall, 11-7 and tied for fourth in the Pac-10.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>They beat Lamar and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> in the NCAA Tournament before losing to Brigham Young in the Sweet 16.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Rubio had nothing but good words for the Sooner SWA. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"Stephanie was originally a walk-on, but I was fortunate enough that she was here when I arrived," he said.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"She turned out to be a two-year starter and we went to the Round of 16 my second year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We had a tremendous finish that year and Stephanie was a big part of it.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"I knew she had great skills, not only on court.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She was driven to be successful in any endeavor she chose,&rdquo; Rubio said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;She had great people-skills, articulated well and she was a fighter.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She'd come into the office and occasionally we'd have disagreements.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The important thing was, Stephanie was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That's a good trait."<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">She graduated from <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> in 1993 with a major in business.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Two years later, she earned a master's degree in athletic administration.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"I interned at UA in the summer of '93," Rempe said. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"Then, starting in January of '94 through the summer of '95, I was on the staff.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>I went to work for Gayle Hopkins (UA associate athletic director) in 1995."<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In July 1998, Rempe accepted the position of Senior Woman Administrator at Texas-El Paso.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She served at UTEP for five years.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">She joined the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma</st1:place></st1:State> athletic department in the same capacity, as well as associate athletic director, in July 2003.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In addition to the programs she oversees, Rempe is the liaison for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and worked to create the first National Girls and Women in Sports celebration in 2004.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">In the Norman community, Stephanie is a member of the Junior League of Norman, was a participant in the 2003-04 Leadership Norman class, a member of the President's Associates, the University Women's Association, the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation and the Sooner Stilettos.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Sooner Stilettos?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"When I first got here," Rempe said, "Sherri Coale, the OU women's basketball coach, had a wonderful idea for a women's support group for her program," <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"She wanted women around the team who could be role models for the players.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We now have doctors, lawyers, bankers, teachers, and community leaders -- even the lieutenant governor and the wife of the university president."<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Sooner Stilettos organization was chartered in November 2003 to involve the women business and community leaders with <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma</st1:place></st1:State> women's basketball.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">"It's a great organization of successful women who can support and encourage our women's basketball program," Rempe said.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">The Sooner Senior Woman Administrator, still a Wildcat at heart, does a good job of that, too.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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