On December 9, 1978, USU won its first national championship.
The women’s volleyball team defeated UCLA to take home the title in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (championship game, making Utah State a powerhouse in women’s volleyball.
The culmination of years of hard work from players and coaches, the win also demonstrated the dramatically shifting landscape in women’s athletics in the late 1970s, the result of the passage of Title IX, which declared:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
These words forever changed higher education. Title IX ushered in new requirements for universities but athletics saw some of the most significant changes. That legacy still has an impact today.