CAMPBELLSVILLE MEN'S VOLLEYBALL | Coach Gregory's Job Isn't All Fun and Games
11/03/2016 05:42 PM
Trooper Billy Gregory’s day begins around 7:00 a.m. each day.
“Nothing is routine right? You hear that a lot,” Gregory said while driving his Kentucky State Police cruiser.
His routine with Kentucky State Police depends on the day, he could be at a school teaching a driving course or talking to kids, he could be doing a driving course for the elderly, writing a press release on a missing person for the local media, or even in a hospital with doctors and nurses learning the street drugs that are sweeping Post 15’s area.
“The first thing I do is pick up my phone, check email and text messages, voicemails. I want to see if I missed any media calls. I’m, going to call in with the dispatcher and the first thing I say is ‘hey, put me on the clock, I’m in’ and then ‘what did I miss? What happened last night?’If I get the all-clear, we’re good to go,” Gregory, a Public Information Officer explained.
Some days he does not get the “all clear” and when those days happen, he tries to focus on the positive.
“There are wins in every part of life and those are the things that you live for. And even in tragedy, you can find wins,” Gregory added.
He is a graduate of Campbellsville University, though it was Campbellsville College at the time. The mantra for CU is “find your calling”. Trooper Gregory has found more than one.
“People that knew me early on in my State Police career they’re like ‘you sing? You work at a church? You coach volleyball?!’ You know? And then people that know me as a volleyball coach are like ‘you’re a state trooper?’”
He graduated from Campbellsville as a church music major, while working part time as a city police officer. He is now an Associate Minister at Campbellsville Christian Church. You can even find him singing the National Anthem at sporting events across the state and even on the sideline as the men’s head volleyball coach.
That’s right, he’s also a minister and a coach.
“In 1993 the opportunity came for me to help as an Assistant Coach on the very first women’s volleyball team here at Campbellsville College at the time. And I said ‘yeah, I’d love the opportunity,’” Gregory told cn|2.
As a competitive volleyball player himself, he coached on and off at the collegiate level for 15 years- serving as head coach at Campbellsville twice, and an assistant three times. He had a stint at the high school and club levels as well. That’s in addition to his 20-year career with the State Police.
“I’ve always tried to make an effort not to bring work home. Not to bring work- and I’m talking about KSP work into the locker room or onto the court and likewise, kind of the other way, if I know I’m frustrated because of a bad practice or we got beat or something, you know I just try to remember- I try to really compartmentalize everything and keep it in it’s own place,” Gregory said. “And the guys know and I make apologies all the time to people, ‘hey, it’s a tough day at work. We’re going to work hard today, if I seem disengaged, I’m working to get over that’ you know what I mean? But they know.”
This season he is starting the men’s volleyball program at Campbellsville. The only sanctioned men’s volleyball team in the state of Kentucky.“It’s all about people for me. The investment into them and then the reciprocating investment. Because again, at the end of the day for me it’s about building better people, better athletes. Better people first, ya know, and hopefully when they leave here- I tell every team that comes through here: ‘I want you to be the best volleyball player you can be. But when you leave here, the most important thing to me is that you become a better person. That you’re a better student. That you’re better in life for having been a part of this school and this program,” he said.
Pretty often, one of Gregory’s careers crosses into the other, and he’s okay with that. Something he learned in the State Police Academy sticks with him to this day and makes him good at his jobs.
“Our gender is ‘trooper’ and our color is ‘gray’. And I will never forget that- as long as I live. You know what I mean? Because what that represents to me was that it is so much, that means it is so much more than what people think it is. That we have to be completely objective and accepting of everybody- no mater who you are and what color you are- you’re going to be treated the same every day. Every time you come into contact with people, and that’s what I really hope people see in me- on the court, in the locker room, on a traffic stop at church or wherever I am is that they’re all being, regardless of gender and color, is that they’re all being treated the same.”
The Tigers play in their first pre-season tournament November 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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