Sherry Gifford Martin

Sherry Gifford Martin, a graduate from Medina High School in 1983, after Title IX was passed, was always at the top as an athlete of the Bees. With the passage of Title IX she had opportunities in sports which others before her did not have. She played volleyball, basketball and ran track, she also received varsity letters in each sport. She continued her volleyball career at Malone University, as a three year starter and team captain. For thirteen years, she was a varsity volleyball coach for Medina, Trinity and Bay Village. She turned around all three struggling programs and enhanced middle school feeder programs . Now she coaches a volleyball traveling team.

Sherry encourages girls and young women to play a sport. She serves as a role model and mentor by passing on her playing experiences. She continues to impact female athletes by teaching values like teamwork, discipline, strong moral standards and the love of the game.

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Never giving up

Never giving up

Although Sherry had a broken hand her sophomore year, she did not stop playing. She had a strong will and never gave up. In that picture, she lets loose with an overhead serve which was one of her best qualities as a volleyball player. Her serving accuracy was a great 95%. She received 4 varsity letters for volleyball and was the first four year starter in Medina High school history. Although she played basketball in high school too, she liked volleyball more. "It is a quick sport and needs a lot of mental ability." Image Courtesy: Medina Yearbook 1981 View File Details Page

Volleyball Team

Volleyball Team

Sherry, at the top with her varsity volleyball team and her coach Jeanne Pritchard, pictured on the right during her senior year. Now she has her own team. As a coach, she says, "you have to know how to push people, see who works best together and you have to trust your team like the team has to trust their coach." She also has to be honest and critical that her girls can improve. Image Courtesy: Medina Yearbook 1983 View File Details Page

Sherry in action

Sherry in action

Sherry Gifford drives toward the basket as a Rocky River player stands in her way. In her senior year 1983, Medina picked up two wins against Rocky River. She grew up with two older brothers, so she always had been involved in sports and played with them. Shockingly, friends of her brothers were telling her: 'No you can't play. You are a girl.'. In her opinion, it is amazing what opportunities girls have right now because of Title IX, but it is also sad that an extra law had to pass to just allow girls to play a sport. Image Courtesy: Medina Yearbook 1983 View File Details Page

Member of National Honor Society

Member of National Honor Society

Sherry, third row second from the right, was also a member of the National Honor Society in her last year at Medina High School. She showed that academics are also very important and should not be disregarded because most people do not make a living playing sport. In her opinion, athletics can help to provide educational opportunities where there are none and the discipline learned in sports carries over to the classroom. Like she says: "Being competitive in sports also makes you want to be competitive and excel in the classroom." Image Courtesy: Medina Yearbook 1983 View File Details Page

17 National Winterfest Tournament

17 National Winterfest Tournament

Trough playing volleyball, she says, " By playing and coaching volleyball, I have connections which I would not have if I did not play volleyball." Sherry's, on the right, CVC 17 Black volleyball team after winning the 17 National Winterfest Tournament on February 1st and 2nd, 2014. She coaches for the Cleveland Volleyball Company. Her teams have qualified nine times for the National Championships and in 2009, her 17 and under team won the National Championships, first for the club and first in Northeastern Ohio. Her team practices three times a week and travels throughout the country for tournaments like in Las Vegas. Image Courtesy: Sherry Gifford Martin View File Details Page

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Jeanne Pritchard Coach

Jeanne Pritchard, Sherry's high school volleyball coach, about her leadership, hard work and respect for the game. View File Details Page

Jeanne Pritchard Coach

Jeanne Pritchard about Sherry's abilities. View File Details Page

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Katharina Nossa, “Sherry Gifford Martin,” Discover Medina, accessed May 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/157.
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