VB, Then and Now: Ann Callahan | 2017 Schedule
STORRS, Conn. – During the mid-1990s, the UConn volleyball program was a dominant force in the Big East under two-time Conference Coach of the Year Ellen Crandall. At the forefront of this success was Heather Gold (Sokol).
Gold, the program’s all-time leader in aces (186), helped the Huskies to a 96-40 overall record (.706) and 28-10 mark (.737) in Big East play from 1993-96.
In 1993, Gold was selected All-Conference Second Team – the same season that UConn won a single-season program record of 28 matches. Three different six-match winning streaks highlighted her freshman season.
Just one year later, the Huskies would become 1994 Big East Tri-Champions and compete in the National Invitational Championship in Kansas City, Mo.
Gold was part of the first class to ever play volleyball matches in Gampel Pavilion, a three-year old building at the time. The Huskies have played home matches there every season for the past 24 years, but roof renovations will make Guyer Gym their home court in 2017.
Several places in the UConn record book have been reserved for Gold, as she ranks third all-time in digs (1,729) and fourth all-time in sets played (459). She led the Huskies in digs as a senior with 402.
As well as achieving on the court, Gold was named a three-time Conference Academic All-Star as an accounting major. She was one of the top student-athletes during Crandall’s six-year tenure as head coach.
Since her UConn days, Gold has been balancing her career and family life, continuing to play multiple roles as she did as a student-athlete. Catch up with Heather in this edition of “Then and Now.”
Where do you live now? Houston, TX
What was your major at UConn? Accounting
Where do you currently work? Chevron--as a financial analyst
Where did your interest in volleyball originally come from? I really loved to play all sports. I grew up playing soccer, but when I was introduced to volleyball, it was a nice change of pace. I got more serious about playing volleyball when I entered high school. I really enjoyed how quickly the games moved.
What is your favorite memory as a UConn volleyball player? Beating Pitt my sophomore year, which helped us clinch a share of the Big East Title.
What do you miss the most about life as a UConn student-athlete? I really miss the teammates. You are able to form such a tight bond on a team of 12 that you spend the majority of your time at college with. Most of us are scattered all over the U.S. again, and we really don't see each other anymore, except for maybe through Facebook.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment since graduating? Well I am married with two girls now, so that would probably be the biggest accomplishment. My oldest (12) has Juvenile Diabetes, so we spend a bit of time advocating on her behalf as well.