Do you remember this Vermont hall-of-famer?
The greatest basketball player in Randolph’s history, Jennifer “Jen” Niebling, capped a career of awards this month when she was named to the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame.
She will be inducted with 10 others on April 21 at an induction dinner and celebration in South Burlington.
Niebling, who developed her scoring touch by incessantly tossing basketballs in the backyard of her home, remains the all-time scoring leader for Randolph Union High School, with 1,402 career points.
At the University of Vermont. she twice was named to the all-conference team team. In 1903, she was inducted into the UVM Hall of Fame as the “heart and soul of two of the greatest teams in UVM history.”
During her junior and senior years, the Catamounts had 57 victories and only two defeats.
She graduated as UVM’s second-highest career scorer. At the same time, she excelled in the classroom, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and winning several academic awards.
Since her playing career, Niebling has moved on to a successful coaching career. Her first coaching job at Trinity College, where, in her second year, she guided the Crusaders to a seventh-place finish nationally within the Small College Athletic Association.
Returning to UVM, she served as top assistant of Coach Keith Cieplicki on a team which won three America East championships.
In 1999, Sports Illustrated selected Niebling as one of the Top 50 Vermont athletes of the 20th century.
She now coaches basketball in Arizona.