SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (August 9, 2014) -- Former Rutgers women’s basketball coach Theresa Shank Grentz was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night along with her Immaculata University teammates.
Grentz was a part of the Mighty Macs, who won three straight AIAW National Championships (1972-74) and compiled an overall record of 60-2 in three seasons. The former Scarlet Knight coach played for the first women’s college team to play in a nationally televised game, play at Madison Square Garden and to play in Australia. A three-time All-American at Immaculata, Grentz recorded 1,167 points and 952 rebounds in her career.
Grentz began her coaching career at Rutgers, where she became the first full-time women’s basketball coach in the nation. While “On The Banks,” she led Rutgers to nine-straight postseason appearances and won the 1982 AIAW National Championship. She compiled a 434-150 (.743) record from 1976-1995, including a 30-3 record in 1986-87 to earn Converse National Coach of the Year. She was twice named the Kodak District II Coach of the Year and was a four-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.
A 2001 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Grentz also has a wealth of international coaching experience including serving as the head coach of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team, which earned a bronze medal in Barcelona.
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