“The best, most versatile athlete in our class” is how most classmates describe Julie Hogan Sakre A’91. Lettering in five sports, Julie excelled in volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis and track. It was her success in track that earned her an induction to the Academy of the Holy Names Athletics Hall of Fame at the Spring Sports Banquet.
From the start, Sakre was a track standout. She was named MVP as a freshman and again during her junior year. Her track accomplishments include all-state high jumper in both her junior and senior year, all-regional in the 300-meter hurdles, 800 meter, and high jump, and all-district in high jump, triple jump, long jump, 300-meter hurdles and 800 meter. Sakre’s scored 503 total individual career points and she still holds the AHN record in the triple jump at 35 feet, 10 inches, which she set in 1990. As a senior, Sakre was voted Most Athletic by her classmates, received the Dads Club Scholar-Athlete Award, and was awarded the George W. Bush Presidential Academic Fitness Award.
Upon graduation from AHN, Sakre matriculated to University of Florida where her athletics took a back seat to studies, but she maintained her sports skills on many intramural teams, serving as intramural chairperson for three years. Sakre graduated With Honors from UF in 1995 with a degree in health science education. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 21 years where she is currently an institutional account manager for Pfizer.
To this day, athletics play an important role in Sakre’s life as she has competed in many sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, as well as several half iron man triathlons. She also finds time to play on several tennis teams and coaches her daughter’s JV volleyball team. One nominator wrote, “Julie wasn’t just part of a team, she was the integral part of the team. Even 25 years later, she represents Esse Quam Videri every day.”
Of the Academy’s role in her life, Sakre said, “I believe with all my heart [the Academy] has shaped me into the woman that I am. It was an integral part of the independent and confident woman that I believe I was able to become by being part of this school. It’s a very special pace to be.”