Amy LeClaire Sachs ’86 Inducted 2002
Amy LeClaire-Sachs was a key part of the Gustie Bee volleyball teams that dominated MIAC play in the mid-'80s. An athletic outside hitter, LeClaire-Sachs was a four-year starter and two-time All-Conference performer on Gustavus teams that posted a league mark of 35-5 and won three MIAC Championships from 1982 to 1985. She was the first Gustavus volleyball player to earn All-America honors in 1984 when the Bees posted an all-time best mark of 45-8 and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships before falling to eventual national champion UC-San Diego. In the first round of the 1984 NCAA Tournament, LeClaire-Sachs set school and NCAA records for kills in a match when she compiled 30 kills in the team's five-set win over MIAC rival St. Catherine. The following year, LeClaire-Sachs was captain of a squad that posted an overall mark of 44-12 and won the MIAC Championship with a perfect 11-0 record. That same season she became the first volleyball player at Gustavus to record 1,000 career kills (she currently ranks fourth in all-time kills with 1,245).
After graduating with a major in biology, LeClaire-Sachs joined the Peace Corps and served in the Philippines from 1988 until 1990. She worked as a lab technician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester until the birth of her first child, Ellen, in 1995. Since then she has been at home with her three children while also working part-time at the Len Busch Nursery. Amy lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Jim Sachs '86, and their children Ellen (7), Jake (5), and Joe (2).