On September 26th, Jill (Ament) Gibbon and Kay Lawton added their names to the St. Catherine University Athletics Hall of Fame. Gibbon was honored for her excellence as a three-sport athlete at St. Kate's while Lawton was recognized for her outstanding twenty years of coaching St. Kate's volleyball.
Ament and Lawton join St. Kate's Hall of Fame
Posted: Sep 26, 2009
Jill Ament Gibbon
Jill Ament Gibbon graduated in 2004 and was a stand-out three sport athlete during her four years at the College of St. Catherine. She earned an incredible 11 varsity letters and played an important role for the Wildcats on the soccer, hockey, and track and field teams. In soccer she was athletic enough to play goalie early in her career and then move to the offensive end of the field and earn MIAC All-Conference honors. During her junior and senior seasons she was the team’s leading scorer and also served as team captain. Gibbon was honored by her teammates and coaches by being named the team MVP. Her contributions to the hockey team may not have been as numerous, but they were just as important. Gibbon scored the game winning goal to clinch the Wildcats first ever trip to the MIAC playoffs in 2001.
Gibbon’s greatest successes came on the track. During her time at St. Kate’s she had 16 performances that ranked in the top five in St. Kate’s history. She also earned All-MIAC or All-MIAC Honorable Mention honors 12 times in eight different events. During her four years on the track and field team she set six St. Kate’s records and was the leading point scorer for the Wildcats her junior and senior seasons.
Gibbon’s impressive dedication and commitment to playing three collegiate sports at a very high level continues to be an inspiration to all Wildcat athletes.
Kay Lawton coached the College of St. Catherine volleyball team from 1979 until 1998.
During the early 80’s, Lawton’s teams were a perennial powerhouse that dominated the regional and national scene. Coach Lawton led St. Kate’s to nationals four times, twice in the AIAW and two more times to the NCAA Division III tournament. St. Kate’s won their first MIAC conference title in 1983. During these years her teams consistently competed against and beat our Division I and II neighbors.
When Coach Lawton retired from St. Kate’s in 1998, she had a remarkable list of credentials that included her four national tournament appearances, one regional title, two state titles, one conference title and an impressive win total of 335. She also had over 30 student-athletes receive conference honors.
Coach Lawton’s contributions to the sport of volleyball in the Midwest region have been immense. She ran some of the most recognized camps and clinics attracting over 70 athletes each camp. Most recently, her contributions to volleyball were recognized by USA Volleyball as she was awarded the North Country Region Salute at the 2009 Annual Boyce Awards. This award honors individuals for their long-term contribution to the sport of volleyball in the region.