Mintonette Medallion of Merit Award 1996
Sally Kus’ record as a high school volleyball coach is unrivaled, as is her dedication to the sport. Therefore, the Volleyball Hall of Fame is proud to bestow on Sally the inaugural Mintonette Medallion of Merit Award.
Sally has been the varsity coach of Sweet Home High School in Amherst, NY since 1974. In that time her team has compiled a 664-22 record. That statistic includes a National High School Federation record for the most consecutive wins for any team sport, male or female – 292. The team has been the Far Western New York State Regional Champions each year since its inception in 1982.
Over 70 NCAA Division I scholarship recipients have played for Sally, along with 68 High School All-Americans.
Sally’s individual honors include the 1987 National Coach of the Year Award from the National Federation of High Schools, the 1994 National Women’s Sports Foundation Coaches Award, and a “Faces in the Crowd” recognition from Sports Illustrated.
She is active in the Empire State games, the Junior Olympics, and as a USA C.A.P. Clinician.
Sally is married to Larry Kus, also a teacher and coach, and they have a son, Ryan.
The Mintonette Medallion of Merit is awarded to an individual who has established a single significant record or has accomplished a single or multiple significant achievements in volleyball.