Famous Female Basketball Coaches People

Famous Female Basketball Coaches

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List of famous female basketball coachs, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female basketball coachs list contains the most prominent and top females known for being basketball coachs. There are thousand of females working as basketball coachs in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic basketball coachs have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a basketball coach then the people below should give you inspiration.

Examples of people on this list include Kim Mulkey and Lisa Bluder.

While this isn't a list of all female basketball coachs, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female basketball coachs?" and "Who are the best female basketball coachs?"


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    Dawn Michelle Staley is an American basketball hall of fame player and coach. Staley is a three-time Olympian and was elected to carry the United States flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics. After winning the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, she went to play professionally in ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Coach
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    Kay Yow
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    Sandra Kay Yow was an American basketball coach. She was the head coach of the NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team from 1975 to 2009. A member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, she had more than 700 career wins. She also coached the U.S. women's basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in 1988 despite ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1942-2009)
    • Birthplace: Gibsonville, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Cindy Lee Blodgett is a former collegiate and professional basketball player. She was also the head coach at University of Maine from 2007 to 2011. Cindy attended Lawrence High School in Fairfield, where she was an all-star basketball player. She led the Bulldogs to a four-year career record of 84-4.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Clinton, Maine, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Tara VanDerveer has been the Stanford University women's basketball coach since 1985. She led the Stanford Cardinal to two NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championships: in 1990 and 1992. She stepped away from the Stanford program for a year to serve as the U.S. national team head coach at the 1996 ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Melrose, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Coach, Athlete
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    C. Vivian Stringer
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    Charlaine Vivian Stringer is a prominent African-American basketball coach, with one of the best records in the history of women's basketball. She is currently the head coach of the Rutgers University women's basketball team. Stringer holds the distinction of being the first coach in NCAA history to ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Edenborn, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
    • Credits: Coach
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    Gail Goestenkors
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    Gail Ann Goestenkors, is an assistant coach for the Indiana Fever. Previously, she was an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Sparks and the women's basketball head coach for The University of Texas, having accepted the position on April 3, 2007, replacing the legendary Jody Conradt. Goestenkors resigned ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Waterford Township, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Shea Sydney Ralph is a former collegiate basketball player and current assistant coach for the University of Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team. Ralph was proficient in multiple sports, set state high school records in basketball, and earned multiple national player of the year awards in high ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Basketball player
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    Joanne Palombo-McCallie is the head coach of the Duke University women's basketball team. McCallie is known as "Coach P" because of her maiden name, Palombo. McCallie became the first Division I head coach to win a conference title in four different leagues, and also the first Division I coach to be ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Monterey, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Connie Yori is the current head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers women's basketball team representing the University of Nebraska in NCAA Division I competition. She formerly coached Loras College from 1990–92 and Creighton from 1992–2002. In 2009–10, Yori was named the Naismith College Coach of the ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Amy Ruley is a former women's head basketball coach at North Dakota State University. Ruley has the greatest number of victories of any women's coach at NDSU, with over 600 wins, and has led the Bison to 5 NCAA Division II championships. She was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Bonnie Henrickson was the head women's college basketball coach at the University of Kansas. She was born in Willmar, Minnesota, and attended St. Cloud State University where she graduated in 1986. She earned her master's degree from Western Illinois University, where she also served as a graduate ...more

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    • Birthplace: Willmar, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Kimberly Duane Mulkey is the head women's basketball coach at Baylor University. She is the first person in NCAA history to win a basketball national championship as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Dana "Pokey" Chatman is the current general manager and head coach of the Chicago Sky of the WNBA. She is the former head coach of the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team and the Spartak Moscow women's basketball team. Chatman spent the first 20 years of her adult life at LSU as a player, student assistant, ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Ama, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Nell Fortner

    Nell Fortner is the former women's college basketball coach at Auburn. She is most well known for leading the 2000 Olympics team to a gold medal. She has received numerous awards including the 1997 National Coach of the Year, the 2000 USA Basketball Coach of the Year and the 2008 SEC Coach of the Year.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Sherri Coale

    Sherri Kay Coale is the current head coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooners women's basketball team.more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Healdton, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Jody Conradt
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    Jody Conradt is a retired women's basketball coach. She was the head coach for the women's team at University of Texas at Austin. Her coaching career spanned 38 years, with the last 31 years at UT from 1976 to 2007. She also served concurrently as the UT women's athletic director from 1992 to 2001.more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Goldthwaite, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Brenda Frese is an American women's basketball head coach and former player. Since 2002, she has served as the head coach of the University of Maryland women's basketball team. In her fourth year as head coach, she won the 2006 Women's National Championship. She won the 2009 ACC Regular Season and ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell is the head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently the second winningest head coach in NCAA women's basketball history, behind only former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. She competed with USA Basketball as the head ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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    Nikki Caldwell

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    Nikki Caldwell
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    Nikki Caldwell is an American women's basketball coach, who is currently the head coach for the LSU Lady Tigers at Louisiana State University.more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach
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    Kellie Harper

    Kellie Jolly Harper Harper is the head coach of the Missouri State University Lady Bears, and the former head coach of the NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team. Harper is a graduate of White County High School in Sparta, Tennessee, where she earned many honors as a high school basketball player and ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Cookeville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Coach, Coach
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