Kristin Folkl Kaburakis, former basketball and volleyball standout from St. Louis, Missouri, is among 13 individuals who will be inducted in the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame June 27 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The 31st Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 94th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.
It is hard to imagine anyone owning a more impressive high school athletic resume than Folkl. At St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1990 to 1994, she helped her school to eight state championships and, in her senior year, received the Dial Award, which honors the best high school female athlete in the country.
Arguably the most talented female athlete in Missouri history, Folkl guided the St. Joseph’s volleyball team to an unprecedented four consecutive Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) state titles and an overall record of 137-7.
And if that wasn’t impressive enough, she led St. Joseph’s to four consecutive MSHSAA State Girls Basketball Championships and an overall record of 117-5. Altogether, she won 254 of 266 contests between the two sports.
Not surprisingly, she was a four-time all-state selection in both sports. In volleyball, she was named first team All-American by Volleyball Magazine, Mizuno High School All-American and Player of the Year, and Paul Mitchell Volleyball Player of the Year. In basketball, Folkl was three-time Gatorade Circle of Champions Missouri Player of the Year, and was named to All-American teams by Parade Magazine, Kodak and Naismith.
In the classroom, her high school accomplishments were equally impressive. She graduated third in her class at St. Joseph’s with a 4.2 grade-point average and was a member of the National Honor Society and American Academy of Achievement.
Folkl continued her two-sport dominance at Stanford University, where she was a part of three NCAA national championship teams in volleyball. She helped her teams to four Final Four appearances, four Pacific-10 Conference titles and an overall record of 125-8. She was a four-time All-American and earned five Player of the Year Awards. In addition, she was voted one of the top 25 NCAA Division I volleyball players during the 1980-2005 period, and she received the Al Master Award, the highest award given by the Stanford Athletic Board.
In basketball, Folkl helped her Stanford team to two Final Four appearances, three Pacific-10 Conference titles and an overall record of 85-11. As a senior, Folkl was named to four All-American teams. Folkl’s combined high school and college record for both sports was an amazing 464-31.
After completing her economics degree at Stanford in 3½ years and serving as an alternate on the 1996 U.S. Olympic volleyball team, Folkl played four years in the WNBA with Minnesota and Portland before competing in professional basketball leagues in Greece, Switzerland and Australia. She earned most valuable player honors in Greece, and was an All Star 5 selection in both the Swiss and Australian leagues.
Among her other honors, Folkl was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Stanford University Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Folkl currently serves as director of development for the St. Louis Sports Commission. She is responsible for coordinating/supporting various aspects of the partnership and membership programs, including seeking and establishing relationships with new sources of support in the community, assisting with organizational fundraisers and special events, seeking beneficiary opportunities for commission and working with area sports organizations and civic groups.
*Information provided by National Federation of State High School Associations Communications Dept.