Saint Joseph’s athletics is introducing a new podcast, “Jill on the Hill”, which makes its debut on Wednesday, September 12. The bi-weekly podcast, hosted by director of athletics Jill Bodensteiner, will feature a current SJU coach and student-athlete, as well as a segment with a Saint Joseph’s alum or leader in the sports industry. The first-year AD will also offer her insight on a pertinent issue in college athletics during every episode. Avery Marz, a graduate student on the women’s basketball team, will serve as co-host.
On the inaugural episode, Bodensteiner and Marz are joined by Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Muffet McGraw ’77, head coach of the 2018 NCAA Champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Saint Joseph’s athletics segment features women’s soccer head coach Jess Mannella and senior goalkeeper Grace Bendon.
Marz, who received her SJU degree in communications in May 2018, is completing her eligibility with the Hawks this season after missing three seasons due to a stroke suffered in 2014. She gained national attention last year when she received the United States Basketball Writers Association's 2018 Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award. Marz was also honored with the prestigious Philadelphia Sports Writers' Association's Most Courageous Athlete Award in 2018.
Bodensteiner is in her first year as the Hawks’ AD, joining SJU after an impressive 20-year career at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. Her career at Notre Dame began in 1997 in the Office of the General Counsel, progressed to the athletic department in 2009, and culminated in her most recent role as senior associate athletics director five years ago. She brings to Saint Joseph’s strong NCAA leadership experience, having served on the Committee on Women’s Athletics and the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. Working closely with LEAD1, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA, Bodensteiner played a key role in shaping the national debate and final legislation in areas including financial support for student-athletes, time management and academic conduct.
The podcasts will be available to listen to or download at SJUHawks.com and you can also subscribe to “Jill on the Hill” on iTunes, Google Play Music, or on your favorite podcast app.