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September 29, 2006

Sporting event honors Gallaudet coach's legacy

From: Gallaudet - Sep 29, 2006


Gallaudet Women’s Team Announces the Inaugural Worthington Classic

(WASHINGTON) Gallaudet University will honor retired legendary coach Peg Worthington in a special dedication ceremony at the inaugural Worthington Classic on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the university’s Field House.

The event pays tribute to Coach Worthington, who coached Gallaudet women’s volleyball from 1970-1981 and 1984-1997 for a cumulative 618-305 record.

Worthington, appreciative of the honor, understands the importance of the athletic event.

“The Worthington Classic honors all the players and coaches who were ever associated with the program,” she said. “Without them, their hard work and dedication, the tradition of volleyball at Gallaudet would not be a nationally recognized program.”

Throughout her illustrious career at Gallaudet, Worthington left an indelible mark on women’s athletics. Some highlights include:

- 1981: Gallaudet volleyball team finishes with a 36-6 record. This is the first Gallaudet team that finished the season ranked nationally - first in the AIAW East Region, going on to the AIAW Nationals ranked #9 in the nation. This team also include the first ever Gallaudet athlete selected as an All-American, middle blocker Nancy Mumme.

- 1985: The team ends with a 44-6 record, ranking sixth nationally going into the NCAA National Tournament.

- 1995: The team finishes with a 42-4 record en route to another NCAA tournament bid.

- 3 Capital Athletic Conference Championships.

- Coached 26 GU VB players in 5 Deaflympics

- 6 Volleyball Players of Worthington’s era inducted in the Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame.

Media are encouraged to attend this memorable event. For more information, please contact