Amy Steele Gant Athlete Profile

#14 Amy Steele Gant

Amy Steele Gant
Position: Middle Blocker Height: 6-2 Roster Years: 1994-1997 Hometown: Laguna Hills, CA Hall of Fame: 2009 Last School: Laguna Hills High School

  • 2009 Women's Volleyball




All-America

  • 1995 AVCA Second Team
  • 1995 Volleyball Honorable Mention
  • 1996 Volleyball Honorable Mention
  • 1997 AVCA First Team
  • 1997 Volleyball First Team


Academic All-America

  • 1996 CoSida Third Team 
  • 1997 CoSida First Team

2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

In a program rich in tradition and victory, few names stand out more than that of Amy Steele Gant. A BYU middle blocker from 1994-97, Gant finished her collegiate career as one of the most prolific players in program history, simultaneously loved by teammates and feared by opponents.

Gant began racking up honors early in her Cougar career after arriving on campus from Laguna Hills High School in Laguna Hills, Calif. As early as her sophomore year, volleyball aficionados on the conference and national level were taking notice of the 6-foot-2 powerhouse. That season she earned the first of her three All-Western Athletic Conference First Team awards and was honored as the WAC Player of the Year. She was also named to the 1995 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-District VII First Team, making her eligible for All-America consideration. The season culminated in Volleyball MagazineAll-America Honorable Mention and AVCA All-America Second Team recognition.

Honors continued to pour in as Gant’s prowess on the court continued. In her final two years at BYU, Gant was named the AVCA National Player of the Week twice, earned AVCA All-District VII First Team citations in both 1996 and 1997 and was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament teams both years after leading the Cougars to the 1996 and 1997 NCAA Regional Finals. She was also named the 1997 WAC Mountain Division Player of the Year and earned honorable mention All-America recognition from Volleyball Magazinein 1996. The culmination of her career came with two All-America First Team awards in 1997 from the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine.

Gant did much more than just work hard on the court. Her academic success also set her apart. She was named to the 1995, 1996 and 1997 GTE/CoSIDA District VII All-Academic Teams and is one of only three Cougars all-time to earn All-America recognition in both athletics and academics. She was named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team in 1997 after earning third-team honors the previous year. After completing her Cougar career, Gant received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

After four years of dominating volleyball, Gant’s hold on the BYU record book continues to be impressive. She currently ranks third all-time in career blocks (694), career block assists (594) and career blocks per game (1.56). She is fourth all-time at BYU in career kills (1755), career kills per game (3.95) and career solo blocks (100). She is also tied for fifth all-time in season kills per game (5.13/1997) and season block assists (180/1996) as well as being tied for eighth all-time in season total blocks (204/1996) and 10th in season hitting percentage (.369/1997). The seven-time WAC Player of the Week led the team in kills as a sophomore, junior and senior; hitting percentage as a sophomore and senior; aces as a sophomore; and blocks for all four years of her career.

Upon graduation, Gant went on to compete on the 1998 U.S. National Team and was named a national finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year. She has since taken to sharing her passion for volleyball as a color analyst for television networks including ESPN2, The Mtn. and Fox Sports. She married Jesse Gant, a former setter for the BYU men’s volleyball program, and is busy raising their four children in California.

Personal

  • B.S. in sports medicine from BYU, 1997
  • Married to Jesse Gant, former setter for the BYU men’s volleyball program
  • Has four children and resides in California

Career Highlights

  • Five-time All-American
  • Volleyball Magazine Honorable Mention 1995, 1996
  • AVCA Second Team1995
  • AVCA First Team 1997
  • Volleyball Magazine First Team 1997
  • Named to the Mountain Region All-Tournament Team 1996
  • Named to the East Region NCAA All-Tournament Team 1997
  • Two-time AVCA National Player of the Week 11/5/96, 9/8/87
  • Named to the AVCA All-District VII First Team 1995, 1996, 1997
  • WAC Player of the Year 1995
  • WAC Mountain Division Player of the Year 1997
  • All-WAC First Team 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Seven-time WAC Player of the Week
  • Cougar Club Y Award-Leona Holbrook Spirit of Sport 1997, 1998
  • Fifth all-time at BYU in season kills per game (5.13 kpg in 1997)
  • Tenth all-time at BYU in season hitting percentage (.369 in 1997)
  • Tied for fifth all-time at BYU in season block assists (180 in 1996)
  • Tied for eighth all-time at BYU in season total blocks (204 in 1996)
  • Fourth all-time at BYU in career kills (1775)
  • Fourth all-time at BYU in career kills per game (3.95)
  • Fourth all-time at BYU in career block solos (100)
  • Third all-time at BYU in career block assists (594)
  • Third all-time at BYU in career blocks (694)
  • Third all-time at BYU in career blocks per game (1.56)
  • Led the team in kills 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Led the team in hitting percentage 1995, 1997
  • Led the team in service aces 1995
  • Led the team in blocks 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997

Before BYU

  • MVP of Cherry Creek High in Colorado and Laguna Hills High in California
  • First Team All-State in Colorado 1992
  • 6A Tournament MVP 1992
  • Denver Post Player of the Year after leading her team to the 6A State Title 1992
  • MVP of the Pacific Coast League and All-CIF in California 1993
  • Highly recruited out of high school
  • UVSBA Rocky Mountain Region All-Star Team 1992
  • Mizuno All-American All-Star team 1993
  • Mission Valley Blue club team won 1994 Davis/Nike Festival Championship
  • Ranked No. 1 in the nation
  • Mizuno Prep All-America 1992, 1993

After BYU

  • Went on to compete on the 1998 U.S. National Team
  • Color analyst for television networks including ESPN2, The Mtn. and Fox Sports

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Named a national finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year 1998
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame 2009

STATS

CAREER MATCH HIGHS
KILLS: 23 vs. Wyoming, 11/03/95
HITTING PERCENTAGE: .667 (17-3-21) vs. Tulsa, 11/15/96
ACES: 5 vs. Georgia, 09/09/95
DIGS: 24 vs. Nebraska, 08/30/96
BLOCKS: 14 vs. Colorado St., 11/27/96
YEAR-BY-YEAR STATISTICS
Year   GP   K   E    A    Pct.SA  SE  RE  BS  BA  TB  BE  Dig  Ast.
1994   100  243 131  624  .179  2   7   3   23  110 133 17  78   15
1995   110  449 176  995  .274  35  65  22  27  144 171 22  278  28
1996   122  489 183 1136  .269  24  87  15  24  180 204 21  274  17
Total  332 1181 490 2755  .251  61  159 38  74  434 508 60  630  60


1994 | Freshman Year

  • Started 28 of 29 matches
  • Led the team in blocks per game with 1.33
  • Recorded double figure kills 13 times
  • Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete

1995 | Sophomore Year

  • Led BYU (among the nation’s leaders) in blocks per game with 1.55
  • Topped BYU in hitting percentage at .274, kills per game with 4.08 and service aces per game with 1.55
  • Hit career-best of 23 kills and six aces
  • Recorded two triple-doubles
  • Three-time WAC Player of the Week
  • AVCA National Player of the Week
  • First Team All-WAC and WAC Co-Player of the Year
  • AVCA First Team All-District VII
  • AVCA Second Team All-America and Honorable Mention Volleyball Magazine All-America
  • Academic All-WAC
  • GTE CoSIDA District VIII Academic All-America
  • Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete

1996 | Junior Year

  • Led the team (ninth in the nation) in blocks per game (1.67), kills per game (4.01) and hitting percentage (.269)
  • Recorded double figure in kills in all but one match, digs nine times and blocks four times
  • Had career-bests of 14 blocks and 24 digs
  • Recorded triple double (19k, 13d, 10b)
  • All-Tournament teams for the WAC Championship and the NCAA Mountain Regional
  • WAC Mountain Division Player of the Week
  • First Team All-WAC Mountain Division
  • AVCA First Team All-District
  • Volleyball Magazine Honorable Mention All-America
  • Academic All-WAC
  • GTE CoSIDA Academic All-District and Third Team Academic All-American
  • Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete
  • Currently second on BYU career list in blocks with 508

1997 | Senior Year

  • Named to the 1997 AVCA All-District VII First Team
  • All-WAC First Team
  • AVCA First Team
  • Volleyball Magazine First Team
  • East Region NCAA All-Tournament Team
  • AVCA National Player of the Week 9/8/97
  • WAC Mountain Division Player of the Year
  • Cougar Club Y Award- Leon Holbrook Spirit of Sport
  • Fifth all time at BYU in season kills per game (5.13 kpg)
  • Tenth all-time at BYU in season hitting percentage (.369)
  • Led the team in kills, blocks and hitting percentage