RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- Kathy Gebhardt, head coach of the Concordia University Chicago volleyball team since 2003, has resigned her position, effective with the end of the 2011 season.
Gebhardt has also served as Concordia's Senior Woman Administrator since 2008 and leader of the athletic department's CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success) program.
"My decision was truly based on reasons of family," stated Gebhardt who, along with husband Shane, adopted a boy from Russia in the spring of 2008. "Trey is now nine years old, and our schedules have had us living a very hectic, fast-paced life the last few years. My decision allows me the opportunity to spend more time with him and provide him with more balance and consistency as he goes between school and his various activities."
Gebhardt is a 1996 graduate of Concordia and a 2009 inductee into the Cougar Athletics' Hall of Fame. She lettered three seasons in volleyball and earned Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference Player of the Year honors in 1995 and 1996. She led the 1995 team to a conference title as the Cougars swept through the NIIC season with a perfect 10-0 record. Gebhardt continues to hold Concordia's record of 34 kills in a match, and she is second in kills for a career with 1,188.
Gebhardt led the Cougars to 131 victories during her coaching tenure, second only to the 200 wins of her former coach Mara Schmidt who served as her assistant coach for the past two seasons. Since the inception of the Northern Athletics Conference in 2006, Gebhardt's teams compiled a 41-30 record and recorded three top-three finishes.
"I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to coach at my alma mater and give something back to Concordia," said Gebhardt. "It has been a privilege to get to know the young women that have come through the program. I'm sure that I will stay connected to many of them, and I will take with me a tremendous amount of pleasant memories from Cougar volleyball."