Martha Mogish grew up in the world of sports. Her dad, Andy, a popular and successful coach at Syracuse University for 40 years, helped mold her into a winner, especially in basketball. She starred on the hardwood for Bishop Ludden High School and her talents were recognized when she was selected first team all-league in 1976. Mogish led the Gaelic Knights to Section III Class B titles in 1976 and 1977.
Syracuse University offered Mogish one of the first basketball scholarships for a female and she became a four-year starter. She also rowed women’s crew for three years. She was an excellent student and was a member of the Alpha XI Delta Society and a student leader for the campus United Way.
On the basketball court, she held 38 all-time scoring and rebounding records. Her 1980-81 team finished its season with a 26-8 record that still stands as the best in the history of the SU program. She was the first female to score 1,000 career points. She graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Geology.
Following her collegiate career, Mogish moved to Europe and played professionally for four years for teams in Italy, France, Sweden and Finland. She competed in the European Cup Tournament playing for the French and Finnish teams. When her Finnish team won the championship, Mogish was presented a gold medal, thus becoming the first-ever female to be so honored in that country.
Following her retirement from basketball, she has followed a successful career in the field of sales and has won numerous professional awards for her work. Mogish became the first-ever female to earn Syracuse University’s Letterman of Distinction in 2001