Country: United States
Category: Female Indoor/Beach Player
In the history of volleyball, Kathy Gregory stands out as one of the game's greatest stars.
Gregory has literally dominated women's volleyball throughout her playing career. She participated as a team member of the U.S. Pan American and World Games teams and captained the professional San Diego Breaker franchise of the International Volleyball Association. She was named as a United States Volleyball Association All-Star 15 times and was selected the USVBA Most Valuable Player four times. In 1984 the USVBA presented her with the coveted All-Time Great Volleyball Players Award.
Dubbed "Queen of the Beach" by admirers, Gregory won top honors as Women's Beach Tournament Player of the Year in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, and 1983, and was a two-time World Beach Champion. She went on to serve as ESPN-TV commentator for beach volleyball.
As a coach at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Gregory oversaw one of the finest volleyball programs in the country. Under Gregory, UCSB teams were consistently ranked in the nation's Top 20. On the administrative level, Gregory served as Executive Director of the Women's Professional Volleyball Association. For her contribution to sports, Gregory was presented with the 1981 Salute to Women Award for her dedication to women's growth through sports involvement. She was the third woman inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.