KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Three of this year’s six inductees into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame have Southeastern Conference ties. The 2013 induction will take place on Saturday at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville.
Coaches Gary Blair (Texas A&M and formerly Arkansas) and Jim Foster (formerly Vanderbilt) will be inducted, along with former Ole Miss standout Peggie Gillom-Granderson. The other inductees include players Jen Rizzotti, Annette Smith-Knight and Sue Wicks.
One of the winningest active Division I coaches in the women's game today, Blair is one of only three all-time NCAA Division I women's basketball coaches to lead two different teams to the NCAA Women's Final Four (Texas A&M and Arkansas). He currently ranks in the top 15 in career victories and in the top 25 by winning percentage among active Division I coaches with an impressive 645-233 overall record (.735).
The all-time winningest women's basketball coach in Texas A&M history and the 2007 Big 12 Coach of the Year, Blair claimed his 600th career coaching victory in 2011 to become the 22nd all-time NCAA Division I coach to reach the milestone. He also holds the distinction of being one of only six coaches in NCAA history to take three schools to the NCAA Tournament.
Foster, just recently named the head women’s basketball coach at Chattanooga, has 35 years of experience as a collegiate head coach with a 783-307 (.718) overall record.
Foster recently completed his 11th season at Ohio State in 2012-13. His experience also consists of stops at Vanderbilt and St. Joseph's (Pa.) universities. The Abington, Pa., native has guided his teams to 27 postseason appearances (26 NCAA tournaments). He is just the second collegiate coach - men's or women's at any level - to win at least 200 games at three different schools.
A four-year starting forward at Ole Miss and two-time All-American, Gillom is the Rebels' all-time leading scorer (2,486 points) and rebounder (1,271). She is one of two players at Ole Miss to ever score more than 2,000 points and grab more than 1,000 rebounds. Gillom was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996, into the Mississippi Sport Hall of Fame in 1997 and was a finalist for the 1980 Wade Trophy.
In addition, Gillom served as an assistant/associate coach at Ole Miss for over 20 years and won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games as an assistant coach with Team USA.
Induction weekend gets underway with a Class of 2013 Autograph Session, open to the public at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. A ticketed Gala Reception hosted by Geno Auriemma and Holly Warlick at the East Tennessee Historical Center precedes the 7 p.m. ET induction ceremony.
For more information about the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, please log on to www.wbhof.com.
2013 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class
Gary Blair (Coach) [Head Coach – Texas A&M and formerly Head Coach - Arkansas]
Jim Foster (Coach) [Formerly Head Coach – Vanderbilt]
Peggie Gillom-Granderson (Player) [Player – Ole Miss; formerly Associate Head Coach – Ole Miss]
Jen Rizzotti (Player)
Annette Smith-Knight (Player)
Sue Wicks (Player)
[denotes SEC ties]