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Neugebauer-Groff inducted into San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame
Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 02/19/2011
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head volleyball coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in a Friday ceremony at the Alamodome.

"It's an honor that San Antonio Sports thought high enough of me to be put in this elite group," Neugebauer-Groff said. "I'm so thrilled to be a part of this class."

Neugebauer-Groff was joined in the 17th induction class by former Marshall High School, Texas and National Football League running Priest Holmes; former Judson High School and Baylor standout Jerod Douglas; former Northside Independent School District Athletics Director Marvin Gustafson; and long-time Churchill High School swimming coach Al Marks.

An All-American at the University of Texas, Neugebauer-Groff captained the Longhorns to four consecutive Southwest Conference Championships from 1982-85 after starring at Jefferson High School. In 1992, she was named to the league's all-decade team and the San Antonio Express-News named her one of its most influential people in women's sports 10 years later.

Neugebauer-Groff was a member of the 1983 National Sports Festival squad and also participated at the 1995 World University Games in Japan. From 1986-87, she played professionally for the West German Volleyball League before joining the Chicago Breeze a year later. Neugebauer-Groff has been an annual participant in the United States Volleyball Association National Tournament since 1987.

The San Antonio native was awarded the 2006 Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award, which recognizes USA Volleyball members who make outstanding contributions in the area of regional operations. Neugebauer-Groff also was a part of Jefferson High School's inaugural Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Class in May 2007 and a member of the UIL's All-Century third team that was announced in 2009.

UTSA's head coach for the last nine years, she is the program's all-time winningest coach with 146 victories and led the Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament this past fall.

Other San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame inductees with ties to UTSA include President Dr. Ricardo Romo (2002), former Athletics Director Rudy Davalos (2002) and current assistant golf coach Bill Rogers (2005), who was inducted prior to joining the men's golf coaching staff in 2008.

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