Andrella Gray - 2001
Andrella Gray helped to usher in a new
era of women?s sports in the Alabama Junior College Conference. She was perhaps
the first women?s All-American in women?s basketball in the junior college level
A native of Town Creek, Gray played on
the boys? team at Hazelwood High School before being recruited to play for the
Lady Warhawks by Coach Myra King. Gray helped to lead the Lady Warhawks to two
National Junior College Athletic Association Region XXII championships and two
trips to the National Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas.
Named as the Most Valuable Player in the
state as a sophomore and All-American in 1978, Gray set a new standard in
virtually every scoring and rebounding statistic for the Lady Warhawks. Her
record for the most field goals in a game (17) remains in the record boo,
although Linda Burgess tied it more than ten years later.
Signed by the University of Nevada-Las
Vegas, Gray was hit by the ?homesick? bug and returned home. She then was
offered a scholarship at Delta State University and accepted. She was twice
named as the Most Valuable Player on the team and earned All-Region
Gray had thoughts of thoughts of playing
professional basketball with Milwaukee Does, but the league was doomed by
financial difficulties. Needing a semester to graduate from Delta State, she
went back on a softball scholarship. She was again named as the team?s Most
Valuable Player and to the All-Region team. She was graduated from Delta State
University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and minors in
psychology and sociology.
After working as an Activity Therapist
for six years, Gray joined the metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Police Force in 1988. She was selected to be a member of the Crime Suppression
Unit in 1994.
Gray continues to be active in parks and
recreation leagues in the Atlanta area. She has attained several awards and
plaques while employed with MARTA. Honors received:
- Police Officer of the Year ? 1997, Marta
- Life Saving Medal ? 1997, Marta Police
- Exceptional Performance ? 1996, Marta
- Medal of Valor ? 1997, Atlanta Police
- Police Officer of the Year ? 1997,
Dekalb County Bar Association, Inc.
- Resolution Commending Plaque ? 1997,
Marta Police Dept.
Currently she serves as SWAT Team
Alternate Hostage Negotiator and Supervisor, Sergeant in the North Precinct for
Marta police Department.