Tucker Center Newsletter - 2009 Spring
Did You Know?
Female Collegiate Basketball Coaches Got Game!
This February, University of Tennessee’s Pat Summitt became the first-ever collegiate basketball coach in Division I to accumulate 1,000 career victories. Summitt also has eight national championships to her credit, and her teams have made appearances in every NCAA Tournament reaching the Sweet 16 an amazing 27 times. Under Summitt’s leadership, the Lady Vols have gone to the Final Four on 18 different occasions.
Summitt is not the only women’s basketball coach with a host of wins. Joining Summitt in the Top 5 of all-time Division I women’s basketball winners are Jody Condrat of Texas (900, retired), Rutger’s C. Vivian Stringer (815, active), Sylvia Hatchell of UNC (801, active) and Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer (739, active).
The Tucker Center would be remiss without mentioning the sixth on that list of remarkable women head coaches—long-time North Carolina State head coach, legend, and trailblazer, Kay Yow (737 career wins). Yow passed away last January after a courageous two-decade battle against breast cancer.
There has been a total of 27 NCAA Division I Champion-ships, dating back to the inaugural Final Four in 1982. Since then, 21 of the 27 championship teams have been led by female head coaches, including the last four championships, won by Summit (2007 & 2008), Kim Mulkey (2006, Baylor University) and Brenda Frese (2005, University of Maryland).
|1982||Louisiana Tech||35-1||Sonja Hogg|
|1983||Southern Cal||31-2||Linda K. Sharp|
|1984||Southern Cal||29-4||Linda K. Sharp|
|1985||Old Dominion||31-3||Marianne Stanley|
|1988||Louisiana Tech||32-2||Leon Barmore|
|1993||Texas Tech||31-3||Marsha Sharp|
|1994||North Carolina||33-2||Sylvia Hatchell|
|2001||Notre Dame||34-2||Muffet McGraw|