Kim Willoughby

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Kim Willoughby
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Personal information
Full nameKim Marie Willoughby
Born (1980-11-07) November 7, 1980 (age 38)
Houma, Louisiana, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Spike124 in (315 cm)
Block120 in (300 cm)
Volleyball information
PositionOutside hitter
University of Hawaii
Criollas de Caguas
CAV Murcia 2005
Santeramo Sport
Chieri Volleyball
Sirio Perugia
Valencianas de Juncos
Valencianas de Juncos
Pinkin de Corozal
Igtisadchi Baku[1]
Mayagüez Indias
National team

Kim Marie Willoughby (born November 7, 1980) is an retired American indoor volleyball player. She is 5'11" (1.80 m) and is an outside hitter. In 2007, she played professionally for the Italian Serie A League Familia Chieri. In April 2008, she joined the U.S. national team.[2] Willoughby made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, helping the USA to a silver medal.

Playing with Colussi Sirio Perugia she won the bronze medal at the 2008–09 CEV Indesit Champions League, and she was awarded "Best Receiver".[3]

Personal life[edit]

Kim was born in Houma, Louisiana, and grew up in Napoleonville, Louisiana, where she attended Assumption High School.[4] She not only played volleyball, but also lettered in track & field and basketball. She led her high school volleyball team to three consecutive state championships and was named the Louisiana Player of the Year her junior and senior seasons and was a First Team All-American.

Her parents are Vincent Gaines and Lula Willoughby. During Kim's junior year, her mother was in a car accident that led to two strokes and paralysis from the waist down. More tragedy struck after Kim's boyfriend was shot after an argument and died, and she admits that she was angry and fought often when she was young.[5]

Four time U.S. Olympian Danielle Scott-Arruda is her third cousin.[6]

Legal troubles[edit]

Willoughby has had a record with the law, for assault. In September 2008, she was arrested, was charged with first degree assault and eventually plead not guilty stemming from an incident in December 2006.[7] The incident occurred when Willoughby allegedly caused serious bodily injuries to a woman, Sara Daniel, at Pipeline Cafe in Kakaako. The alleged assault led to Daniel suffering severe bone fractures in her face. Willoughby claimed self-defense, but prosecutor Sherri Chun disagreed, saying "This incident was not self-defense. She (Willoughby) followed her (Daniel) out of the club, and that's when this all happened."[8] Willoughby posted $50,000 bail.[9] On May 18, 2009, Willoughby plead no contest in a plea agreement with the state and was sentenced to five years probation.[10]

On June 28, 2007, Willoughby was charged with first and second degree assault, with both degrees stemming from separate incidents, one being in 2006.[9] On June 8, 2001, Honolulu police charged her with abuse of a family or household member and third-degree assault. Five days after police charged Willoughby in the case, the victim filed for a temporary restraining order against her, leading to a judge to issue a three-year protective order.[9]

Positive drug test[edit]

Willoughby tested positive for nandrolone after a match for her Italian team Perugia in April 2009. On September 11, 2009, it was announced that Willoughby was given a two-year suspension from the Italian Olympic Committee, to end on July 10, 2011.[11]

Completion of College and Ending of Probation[edit]

In January, 2012, Willoughby was granted an early ending of her probation for the 2008 Daniels' assault conviction.

Indictment for Murder and Child Abuse[edit]

On September 20, 2018, Willoughby was indicted in Puerto Rico on first degree murder and child abuse charges in Puerto Rico. Her trial is scheduled to begin October 4, 2018. [1], [2], [3]


At the University of Hawaiʻi, Willoughby was a three time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honoree and was named the National Player of the Year in 2003.[12] As a senior in 2003, she ranked second nationally in kills per game with 6.60 while adding averages of 3.04 digs, 0.62 aces, 0.57 blocks and 0.41 assists per game. She hit .373 in her final collegiate season to help the Rainbow Wahine to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament national semifinals for the second consecutive year. As a junior in 2002, Willoughby charted a 6.31 kill average to finish in the top three nationally. She recorded a .342 hitting percentage and averaged 3.35 digs, 0.70 aces, 0.61 blocks and 0.30 assists per game. She led the nation in kills as a sophomore in 2001, posting a 7.20 kill average. Additionally, she led her team with a 3.66 dig average, breaking the school's single season dig average record at the time. For her career, she averaged 5.91 kills per game, which ranked third-best in NCAA history at the time. Also had career totals of 1,440 digs, 194 aces and 291 blocks over 459 career games. Willoughby was a four-year starter in college, playing the opposite/right-side hitter position as a freshman and emerging as the team's go-to player as an outside hitter in her last three seasons. She was also a four-time All-Western Athletic Conference honoree, garnering second team laurels as a freshman in 2000 and earning first team honors in 2001, 2002 and 2003. She was also awarded the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year title in her final three years.[13]




  • 3-Time NCAA 1st Team All-American 2001, 2002, 2003
  • 2003 NCAA National Player of the Year
  • 3-Time NCAA 1st Team All-Region 2001, 2002, 2003
  • 3-Time WAC 1st Team All-Conference 2001, 2002, 2003
  • 3-Time WAC Player of the Year 2001, 2002, 2003
  • 2000 WAC Co-Freshman of the Year


  1. ^ "Kim Willoughby USA Volleyball Player Professional Career". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  2. ^ Kim Willoughby added to U.S. National Team Archived 2008-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ CEV. "Volley BERGAMO is the 2009 Champion!!!". Archived from the original on 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  4. ^ Germain, Brent (2008-07-30). "Assumption's Willoughby proud to be an Olympian". Retrieved 2008-08-02.
  5. ^ Growing Pains: NBC Olympic bio
  6. ^ Germain, Brent (2008-07-18). "Assumption's Willoughby heading to Olympics". The Daily Comet. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
  7. ^ (September 15, 2008). "Willoughby pleads not guilty to assault" Star Bulletin. Retrieved on September 15, 2008.
  8. ^ (September 16, 2008) "Beijing silver medalist Kim Willoughby faces assault charge" The Canadian Press. Retrieved on September 19, 2008. Archived September 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b c Daranciang, Nelson (September 13, 2008) "Ex-UH athlete accused of assault". Star Bulletin. Retrieved on September 14, 2008.
  10. ^ "Willoughby pleads no contest in assault case". The Star Bulletin. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  11. ^ (September 11, 2009) "Volleyball Olympian Willoughby suspended for two years for doping". Star Bulletin. Retrieved on September 11, 2009.
  12. ^ Hawaii's Kim Willoughby selected as 2003 AVCA National Player of the Year Archived 2008-05-12 at the Wayback Machine
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