2012 Hall of Fame Spotlight - Katie Markey (Grisley)
As a WMU women's soccer player Katie Markey, now Grisley, spent her days admiring the Hall of Fame plaques that hung on the Read Fieldhouse walls.
"I remember walking around and reading the plaques, and thinking how cool it would be to be up there," Grisley said.
This Friday, Grisley along with five others, who make up the Class of 2012 inductees, will be inducted into the Western Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Grisley played soccer for the Western Michigan Broncos from 1996-99. She was the first person to sign with the WMU women's soccer program. Grisley did not consider herself a pioneer, and felt that her representation as the program's figure head did not properly acknowledge her team as a whole. She felt she was just one member of a pioneering squad, and credits the team as a whole for the foundation of the program.
"I just focused on the fact that I was a member of the team, and we were paving a pathway for future generations," Grisley said.
During her time with the WMU women's soccer team, Grisley not only earned recognition for her skills, but also set records that still stand to this day. She tallied such records as: all time career points leader, all time game winning assists leader, all time goals leader for season, all time shots leader for a single game, quickest goal, and first player to convert a penalty kick.
She was also named to the All-MAC team (1997-99), All-MAC tournament team (1997), and the Buzz All-Great Lakes Region team (1997). Her hard work was acknowledged by her teammates and she was selected team MVP in 1997 and 1999.
Grisley attributes her success in life to the values her family instilled in her, along with support she has received from everyone in her life. She was taught that with hard work comes success and that is what is being acknowledged through her induction into the Hall of Fame. Grisley believes her induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame reflects her values and the continuous support from her parents, coaches and teammates throughout the years.
"This is a validation of everything my parents, coaches and I have put in over the years," Grisley said. "This plaque will represent so much more than me."
Since her time at WMU, Grisley went on to teach at-risk youth in Utah. She later discovered a different calling and opened her own business. She attributes her ability to open and operate her own company because of her experience as a WMU student-athlete.
"What I experienced as a student-athlete has had an impact on every aspect of my life and I owe my confidence and success to my experience at WMU."