Feb. 20, 2015

Ohio State Women’s Varsity “O”

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University Varsity “O” Women’s Alumnae Society and the Department of Athletics will pay tribute to two extraordinary Buckeyes Saturday afternoon with the presentation of the Barbie Tootle Buckeye Spirit and the Phyllis Bailey Career Achievement awards, which will be presented at halftime of the women’s basketball game vs. Iowa at Value City Arena (7 p.m., BTN).

Teri Casperson, former Athletic Counselor, will be the recipient of the Barbie Tootle Award and Andy Teitelbaum, Ohio State’s rowing coach since the program’s inception in 1995, will be presented with the Phyllis Bailey Award.

The Ohio State University Women’s Varsity “O” alumnae created these awards to recognize and show appreciation to those individuals as a women’s sports advocate and have brought forward consistent support for women’s sports at The Ohio State University. The Barbie Tootle Spirit Award recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated unconditional loyalty and support of women’s athletics at The Ohio State University. It is a platform to demonstrate their uniqueness as a women’s sport advocate. The Phyllis Bailey Career Achievement Award is designed to pay tribute and to extend recognition to those individuals who, through their careers, have contributed to the honor and fame of The Ohio State University through the field of athletics by continuing to demonstrate, in their daily lives, the values learned in intercollegiate athletics and have continued the advancement of women’s athletics.

Casperson earned a master’s degree from Ohio State in Physical Education with an Athletic Administration emphasis. Teri, her husband Lou and their two sons together have earned five degrees from The Ohio State University.

After seven years working in the College of Education, Casperson was recruited to the Department of Athletics and became a full time Athletic Counselor for the Student Athlete Support Services Office.  In that position and a subsequent position as athletic counselor in the Compliance Office, Teri was involved in many services for student athletes including reviewing NCAA, Big 10 and OSU academic eligibility standards, degree planning, learning support, recruiting, initial eligibility and life skills development.  Casperson retired in 2008 with 21 years devoted to The Ohio State University.

Today Casperson enjoys attending OSU athletic events as often as possible.  She and her husband follow the Buckeyes and share O-H-I-O while traveling and at their second home in Florida.

Teitelbaum is the head coach of the two-time defending national champion Ohio State women’s rowing team. Entering his 20th season as the head coach of the Buckeyes, Teitelbaum, the lone head coach in team history, has built the program from the ground up, creating one of the nation’s preeminent collegiate rowing destinations. In his two decades on the job, he has won two national championships, five Big Ten titles, and seven regional titles.

The five-time Big Ten coach of the year and four-time Central Region coach of the year has produced 23 Collegiate All-Americans, including 16 first team honorees. Additionally, Teitelbaum has coached 41 All-Big Ten recipients.

Academically, more than 150 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten. Teitelbaum has guided nearly 400 Buckeyes to Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors.

Past Phyllis Bailey Award Recipients
2007: Phyllis Bailey
2008: Barb Bogart Holman
2009: Robin Tucker
2010: Dru Ann Hancock
2011: Tara VanDerveer
2012: Sally Dellinger
2013: Miechelle Willis
2014: Andy Teitelbaum

Past Barbie Tootle Award Recipients
2000: Barbie Tootle
2002: Ruth Hyde Porteus
2003: Helen Freyoff
2004: Larry Romanoff
2005: Peg Schafer Jackson
2006: Denny Tishkoff
2007: Kate Riffee
2008: Kristin Watt
2009: Craig Little
2010: Sandy Slomin
2011: Andy Geiger
2012: Jan Wolfe
2013: Donna Ball
2014: Teri Casperson