Goestenkors attended Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, where she played under future Purdue head coach Marsha Reall.
During her final ten 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.
27, 2011, file photo, Texas women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors directs her team against Texas A&M during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas. She said she resigned from the Sparks out of loyalty to head coach Carol Ross.''I was surprised that they fired her. ''I thought she was calling about the Kay Yow golf tournament. I've been blessed with great people and players and this just shows it.''Saturday's announcement of the Hall of Fame class lifted the spirts of both Kurt Budke's wife, Shelly, and Smith.''When I received the call it was on my father-in- law's birthday,'' she said.
She received recognition as the ACC Coach of the Year a record 7 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).
She helped lead the Comets to WNBA championships in the league's first four years.
Harris starred at Georgia from 1981-85, earning All-SEC honors all four seasons.
Goestenkors was selected for the 2015 women's basketball Hall of Fame induction class announced Saturday, July 19, 2014. ''It was a great call because he needed a lift that day. We couldn't be happier as a family and more proud of this honor.
(AP Photo/Michael Thomas, File)This was a roller-coaster weekend for Gail Goestenkors. I think I've been so blessed and fortunate over the years to make so many great memories. We try to celebrate his life every day and him being inducted gives us another opportunity as a family to celebrate his coaching accomplishments but also how great a person was.''For Smith, the announcement came on the day two years after his mother died.''It turned a bad day into a really good day for my father and family,'' he said.
Goestenkors was the Duke University women's basketball head coach from 1992-2007.
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