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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?"
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Basketball Coaches
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Dawn Michelle Staley (born May 4, 1970) is an American basketball Hall of Fame player and coach. Staley is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and was elected to carry the United States flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics. After playing point guard for the University of Virginia under Debbie Ryan, and winning the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, she went to play professionally in the American Basketball League and the WNBA. In 2011, Staley was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. While still a WNBA player, she started coaching the Temple University Owls women's ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 48

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Kay Yow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Basketball Coaches
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Sandra Kay Yow (March 14, 1942 – January 24, 2009) 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 having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. In April 2010, CollegeInsider.com created a new award called the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year Award in her honor. It will be presented annually to the women's college basketball head coach who displays great personal character on and off the court. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 67 (1942-2009)

Birthplace: Gibsonville, North Carolina

Cindy Lee Blodgett (born December 23, 1975) is a former collegiate and professional basketball player. She was also the head coach at University of Maine from 2007 to 2011. Blodgett 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. Throughout that four-year period they won four state class A championships. Her tremendous accolades have made her a hero across the state of Maine. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 43

Birthplace: Clinton, Maine

Tara VanDerveer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Basketball Coaches
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Tara Ann VanDerveer (born June 26, 1953) is an American basketball coach who has been the head women's basketball coach at Stanford University since 1985. Designated the Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women's Basketball, VanDerveer 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 Olympic Games. VanDerveer is the 1990 Naismith National Coach of the Year and a ten-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year. She is also one of only nine NCAA Women's Basketball coaches to win over 900 games, and one of ten NCAA Division I coaches – men's or women's ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 65

Birthplace: Melrose, Massachusetts