Susan Ratliff was a four-year letterwinner who served two years as a captain on the Emory & Henry Volleyball team. She earned All-ODAC recognition three years, twice on first-team and once on second-team, and was a three-time team Most Valuable Player. In 1992, when the Wasps played their toughest schedule in 25 years, she was named to the All-State team. Ratliffe was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
The Wasps’ volleyball team had winning records all four years that Ratliff was on the team. In 1992, they placed second in the ODAC tournament. An extremely versatile 5’7” player, she led the team in blocks per game (1.36), kills per game (3.53), digs per game (2.34) and attack percentage (31.3%). She also ranked second in the conference with a service percentage of 98.8%.
Ratliff was a well-rounded student-athlete. In addition to her athletics honors, she was also a two-time GTE All-Academic All-America District III honoree. Her senior year she was the Hall Memorial Award recipient – which is the highest honor the college can bestow on a female athlete – in recognition of her excellence in leadership and character.
After graduating, Ratliff became the head volleyball coach at E&H in the 1994-95 seasons. While coaching at the college, she also continued as an assistant volleyball and track coach at her alma mater, Abingdon High School – positions she’d held since she was an undergraduate student. Ratliff left Emory & Henry to earn a master’s degree in Sports Administration at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she then found employment in the athletic department in NCAA member services. She later became an academic consultant for collegiate athletics.