Oct. 1, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara women's volleyball coach Kathy Gregory, already a member of the United States Volleyball Association Hall of Fame, was honored as a "Legend of the `Dome" prior to Friday's match vs. No. 21 Long Beach State.
Gregory, who has coached the women's volleyball program from its existence, is the fourth-winningest active coach in the NCAA. In her 36th season, Gregory is one of just five coaches to amass over 800 wins and coach in over 1,200 games. She has led the Gauchos to 27 NCAA Tournament appearances in the 29 years of the postseason tournament.
"This is a tremendous honor," said Gregory. "I want to thank all of the volleyball players I've had the privilege to coach over the years as well as UCSB Athletics for the opportunity to join a group of some of the best athletes and coaches that have ever been at UCSB."
Gregory's teams have finished in the Top-25 on 27 different occasions, and she is a seven-time Big West Coach of the Year, a four-time AVCA West Region Coach of the Year and in 1993 was the NCAA national Coach of the Year.
She has also been honored extensively for her time playing beach volleyball. After being awarded Women's Beach Tournament Player of the Year in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983, Gregory was crowned "Queen of the Beach." Over that period she captured two world championships and became only the third woman enshrined into the Volleyball Hall of Fame on October 21, 1989.
In 1997 Gregory became the 12th woman inducted into the USVBA's Hall of Fame and in 2003 she was named to the USVBA's All-Era Team from 1949-1979.
She joins women's volleyball player Roberta Gehlke, men's basketball players Brian Shaw and Carrick DeHart, women's basketball player Barb Beainy and women's basketball coach Mark French as the Legends of the `Dome. Two more legends will be enshrined later this year - one each from men's and women's basketball.