Former Duke women’s basketball head coach Gail Goestenkors was officially inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday evening at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn.
Joining Goestenkors in the hall’s latest class were four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie, former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, University of Georgia standout Janet Harris, longtime Oregon high school coach Brad Smith and Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, who was killed in a plane crash in 2011.
As a collegiate head coach, Goestenkors compiled a 498-163 record for a 75.3 winning percentage. Goestenkors collected a 396-99 overall record with the Blue Devils from 1992-2007 and guided Duke to four NCAA Final Four appearances, including the 1999 and 2006 national championship game.
She received recognition as the ACC Coach of the Year a record seven times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007). In the 2001-02 season, Goestenkors led the Blue Devils to the first undefeated regular season in ACC women’s basketball history — a feat she would repeat two other times during her tenure at Duke (2003, 2007).
During her final 10 seasons at Duke, Goestenkors led the Blue Devils to NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearances every year, seven Elite Eight appearances, four Final Four appearances, and two appearances in the NCAA Championship game. During her tenure, her teams won five ACC tournament championships and eight ACC regular season titles.
UNC: Nine current or former players led the way as U.S. Lacrosse announced the 36-player roster for the 2015-16 U.S. National Team. The roster came together after three days of tryouts at Johns Hopkins University.
The Tar Heels once again placed more players on the national team than any other school. Maryland had eight. Twenty-five percent of the national team roster played at Carolina. Four of the team’s 10 defenders are UNC alums.
Carolina players on the squad include rising junior midfielder Maggie Bill (UNC ’17), defender Kristen Carr (’10), attacker Becky Lynch (’12), rising sophomore midfielder Marie McCool (’18), defender Jenn Russell (’10), defender Sloane Serpe (’14), recently graduated defender Courtney Waite (’15), rising junior goalie Caylee Waters (’17) and midfielder Laura Zimmerman (’12).
Also on the team from Duke are Sarah Bullard (’11) and Madison Crutchfield (’18).
Wake Forest: Sophomore Will Craig became a consensus All-American by picking up his fourth and fifth All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America.
He becomes just the fourth Demon Deacon to be recognized as an All-American by five different outlets, joining Jamie D’Antona (2003), Kyle Sleeth (2002) and Dave Bush (2002). The previous three were all drafted in the top two rounds of the MLB Draft, with two reaching the big leagues.
St. Augustine’s: After a two-year absence, the Chavis Summer Basketball League returns to Emery Gymnasium on the Saint Augustine’s campus for the 2015 season.
The seven-week regular season will run Monday through July 28, with the league tournament schedule to be announced at a later date. Admission is free to the public.