This past weekend on April 23, 2022, our East Coast Power Allegheny South Division Coordinator and Coach, Renata Silva Gray was inducted into the Hall of Fame at California University of PA.
“I started playing volleyball at the age 11. I played in many different clubs in Brazil until I was 17. During my senior year of high school, I was playing the state championships with my club and I was recruited to come play in the United States at California University of PA. Melissa Myers was the head coach at the time and she told me I had to pass my SATs before coming to the university. Since I did not speak English, I started studying the “massive” SAT book. After studying for 5 months, 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, I passed my SATs and finally came to CalU.
My Freshman year was tough since I still did not speak English fluently, but with the help of my coaches and teammates I learned how to speak English and be a better leader on and off the court. I had a great career at CalU and it helped shape me to who I am today. I have had amazing coaches in my life that helped me mentally, physically, and spiritually. My goal is to do the same to the athletes that I get to coach each day.”
We have so much to learn from Renata, especially her energy, attitude, and coaching philosophy:
“BE MENTALLY TOUGH!! As a coach I like to teach my athletes skills on and off the court, and one of the best skills you can learn is how to control the mental aspect of the game and life situations. God has given all of us gifts and talents and it is up to us how to best use them.”
Congratulation Coach! You are an inspiration to student athletes and our club. We are honored to have such an amazing individual, coach, and now Hall of Famer in our midst!
Watch CalU’s interview with Athletic Hall of Famer, Renata Silva Gray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_AQGOoaWdI