Kirk Kilgour

Kirk Kilgour in a wheelchairBasketball – Inaugural Inductee 2019

Kirk Kilgour was a basketball athlete in 1967-68. He played on two different championship teams for Coach Ernie Woods. One at Mira Costa High School in California and the other as an integral part of Bellevue’s first basketball team in 1967-68.

According to Coach Woods, he was by far the best defensive player ever to play at Bellevue. After Bellevue he went on to volleyball fame at UCLA playing on their first two National Championships in 1970 and 1971 and was named co-MVP. He then competed and was captain for the USA National Volleyball Team for seven years and played professionally in Italy before suffering an injury during training that left him paralized.

Kirk continued on after the accident and became head volleyball coach at Pepperdine for three years from 1978-81, and then was an assistant with the 1985 Pepperdine NCAA title team. He received the 1977 United states Volleyball Association Medal of Honor and is a member of the UCLA Athletics HOF, California Beach HOF and International Volleyball Hall of Fame. Kirk passed away in 2002.

Last Updated May 28, 2020