Nancy Fahey to be Inducted into Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Class of 2012
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St. Louis, Mo., July 25, 2011 – Washington University in St. Louis head women’s basketball coach Nancy Fahey is a five-time NCAA Division III national champion, the all-time winningest coach in Division III history and boasts one of the best winning percentage in NCAA women’s basketball history and now she will be able to add Hall of Famer to her list of accomplishments as she will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012.
The announcement was televised live on ABC and came during halftime of the 2011 WNBA All-Star game being held in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, July 23.
Fahey will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame along with five other honorees: Nikki McCray (player), Pam McGee (player), Inge Nissen (player), Robin Roberts (contributor) and Dawn Staley (player). Included the Class of 2012, Fahey will become one of just 127 individuals to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame since the inaugural class in 1999.
“I am excited, honored and humbled to be recognized by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Fahey. “Basketball is a team sport, and it truly took a team effort for this to happen. All of the administrative support staff at Washington University, my assistant coaches, and most importantly the players have played a role in this and I am honored to share this on behalf of all of them.”
Fahey, who is the first Division III coach or student-athlete to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, has enjoyed one of the most spectacular careers in NCAA history. In 25 seasons roaming the sidelines at Washington University she has accrued a career record of 596-106 (.859) and her career-winning percentage ranks fourth all-time in NCAA women’s basketball history.
“In 1986 Nancy Fahey was selected as Washington University’s head women’s basketball coach and in 2011 she was selected to join a distinguished group in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Washington University Director of Athletics John Schael. “In between that time she has brought tremendous acclaim to Washington University, women’s basketball and to herself.”
From 1998-01 Fahey guided the Bears to four-straight NCAA Division III national championships including back-to-back undefeated national championship seasons in1998-99 and 1999-00, racking up a winning streak of 81-straight games in the process, a record that stood as the longest winning streak in women’s basketball history.
Over 25 seasons Fahey has coached in an NCAA Division III record 10 Final Fours and nine national championship games. Her first Final Four run came in 1991, and she reached the national championship game for the first time in 1994, before the stretch of four-straight national titles began four years later.
Washington University reached the national championship game once again in 2007, beginning a stretch where the Bears played in the Final Four in four of five seasons, winning a fifth national championship in 2010, and falling in the national championship game this past season.
A 1981 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a four-year women’s basketball letterwinner, Fahey came to Washington University in 1986 after coaching for four years at Johnsburg High School in McHenry, Ill.
She has led the Bears to 18 University Athletic Association (UAA) championships and has been named the UAA Coach of the Year a record 17 times. Fahey was tabbed as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III National Coach of the Year in 2000, and received the honor once again in 2011.
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be formally introduced at the State Farm Tip-Off Classic and the official date of the 2012 Induction Ceremony will be announced at a later date by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.