Erin Aldrich - Volleyball and Track 1999
"I'm convinced Erin could be the best volleyball player who has ever played in this country," says Texas coach Jim Moore. "She's so good already, and she only does it four or five months a year. She has gifts for volleyball that no one has ever had."
However Aldrich says she enjoys individual sports (high jump) more than team sports. In Sports Illustrated Erin is quoted as saying "I find myself in volleyball being so focused on what I need to do, and a little bit closed off from my teammates." She says about the volleyball team "Our biggest problem is holding each other accountable. " Aldrich says. "If somebody makes a bad play, we don't look at her and say, 'You need to get that ball.' Instead we're like 'O.K., guys, we'll do better.' We are so nice to each other, I can't believe it. It's just crazy how cohesive we are. We are way too cohesive."
Many who know Erin say they have never met anyone as competitive as Erin." Her years as a Longhorn were focused on school and competing. There was little time for socializing with her agenda and goals. Sports were the focus of her life and she confirmed that statement in 1999 when she said "I do believe and hope that I can hold the world record in the high jump."
Laura Neugebauer 1983-1985
Laura Neugebauer-Groff - 2018 Volleyball Coaching Staff - UTSA
Before Neugebauer-Groff was a household coaching name, she was a former All-American at the University of Texas. During her collegiate career, she served as captain and guided the Longhorns to four Southwest Conference Championships from 1982-85. In 1992, she was named to the league’s All-Decade team, and in 2002, the San Antonio Express-News named her one of its most-influential people in women’s sports.
Neugebauer-Groff was also a member of the National Sports Festival squad in 1983 and 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.
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 in 2009.
“I feel like I’ve come full circle,” Neugebauer-Groff said when she was hired in 2002. “As a former Texas player to be back in the University of Texas system and also in San Antonio is like a dream come true.”
Entering her 16th season at the helm of UTSA volleyball, head coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff has turned the Roadrunners’ program into a powerhouse, becoming one of the most highly respected coaches in college athletics and UTSA program history.
A member of the 17th induction class of the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in February 2011, she has tutored 50 all-conference players (21 first-teamers) and 32 all-academic honorees, including Southland Student-Athletes of the Year Meagan Daniel (2005) and Kelsey Jewasko (2011). She also has tutored the Roadrunners' only three All-American's in program history — McKenzie Adams, Dajana Boskovic and Jessica Waldrip. Under her guidance, UTSA has advanced to 13 consecutive conference tournaments and the program has been honored with the AVCA’s Team Academic Award four times since 2008.
Neugebauer-Groff is the program’s winningest head coach with 277 victories and has amassed a head coaching record of 533-258 (.674) in 23 seasons.
Neugebauer-Groff became the winningest coach in program history on Sept. 8, 2009 when she notched victory number 115 against Cal State Bakersfield.
By Jerry Briggs
Published 8:42 pm CST, Saturday, February 5, 2011
SPORTS: Former volleyball standout Laura Neugebauer-Groff is being inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of fame. Photographed at Jefferson High School on Thursday Dec. 9, 2010. HELEN L. MONTOYAemail@example.com less
Long ago, Mick Haley had the pleasure of coaching one of San Antonio's greatest sister acts.
Back in the 1980s at the University of Texas when Laura Neugebauer followed Sharon Neugebauer to Austin and joined the Longhorns' volleyball team, the two quickly formed one of the most devastating frontline combinations in school history.
With a blend of quickness and power, the sisters kept the UT volleyball machine humming into the NCAA tournament on an annual basis.
That's why Haley, the 10th-year coach at Southern California, can't wait to get to San Antonio for Laura Neugebauer Groff's induction into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.
“I wouldn't miss it for the world,” Haley said. “With Sharon being in the (UT) Hall of Fame, that's a great thing. Now, both sisters have been honored at the highest levels in their communities, and I think that's pretty special.”
It will be a special night for Groff, the head volleyball coach at UTSA, when she is inducted on Feb. 18 at the Alamodome.
Laura Neugebauer accomplishments are a reminder to all Longhorns that In sports and far beyond, her contributions to Longhorn heritage shape the present and empower the future.