"When I think about Peg Worthington, I think of leadership that whispers," said Trinity College Head Volleyball Coach Jen Bowman, who spent numerous years coaching against her. Worthington enters the AVCA Hall of Fame with over 40 years of coaching and teaching experience, most notably 24 years at the helm of the Gallaudet University volleyball team, where she compiled an astounding 615-305 record from 1970-1981 and then 1984-1997. She led them to three CAC Championships. GU is a federally-chartered university for the education of the deaf and the hard of hearing.
After achieving a national ranking for the first time in program history in 1981, Gallaudet was ranked as high as No. 6 four years later and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament with a record of 44-6. Six of Worthington's athletes have been inducted into the Gallaudet Athletic Hall of Fame, and she's also coached 26 Bison in five different Deaflympics.
Internationally, Worthington has been a part of coaching staffs that have won a total of five medals as both the head and assistant coach in the Deaflympics from 1981-1997 (two gold, two silver and a bronze). She also won gold as a head coach in the 1990 International Friendship Games.
In addition to coaching, she served in various roles at Gallaudet, including three years as Assistant Athletic Director and nine years as the Senior Women's Administrator. The 2008 Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame inductee was also named the 1996 Tachikara Mid-Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year, Capitol Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and is a 2003 Edison High School (NJ) Hall of Honor inductee.
Jen Bowman continues: "She made everyone around her better - her players, assistant coaches and opponents. She was always willing to share information, lend a hand, give a high-five or a hug. As a senior playing at Gallaudet, (in a tournament now named the Worthington Classic) I tore my ACL. Coach Worthington was the first person outside of my team that came right over, put her arm around me and told me I'd be fine. Lots of people tried to console me that day, but strangely the only person I really believed was Coach Worthington. She has such a genuine soul that she can reach people on a different level. Her credibility with me was off the charts."