Saturday, January 24, 2009

Women's basketball coach Kay Yow dies

"Almost everybody is dealing with something," Yow said in a 2006 interview. "We're all faced with a lot of tough issues that we're dealing with.

We know we need to just come to the court and let that be our catharsis in a way. You can't bring it on the court with you, but we can all just think of basketball as an escape for a few hours." - Kay Yow

NC women's basketball coach Kay Yow passed away this morning after battling breast cancer since 1987. She was a tireless fundraiser and continued to coach until recently. She relied on her faith.

Yow won more than 700 games in a career filled with milestones. She coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 1988, won four Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships, earned 20 NCAA tournament bids and reached the Final Four in 1998.

She also was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2002, while the school dedicated "Kay Yow Court" in Reynolds Coliseum in 2007.

Pat Summitt's comments on the death of longtime friend Kay Yow

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer "deeply saddened" by death of coaching pioneer Kay Yow

What Others Are Saying in Tribute to Yow

[image description: Kay Yow is shown coaching from the sidelines, her right arm up in the air.]

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