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.
The two married in 1997, and split for good in 2006.
Goestenkors is currently an assistant coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, while Simons, a former Auburn assistant, occupies the same position for the Michigan State University women's basketball team.
After one season, she left to become an assistant coach at Purdue under Lin Dunn, where she remained until becoming head coach at Duke in 1992.
Goestenkors accumulated an impressive record at Duke and is one of the most accomplished women's basketball coaches in the nation.
Goestenkors was the Duke University women's basketball head coach from 1992–2007.
(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.
After playing basketball at Nesom Junior High School in …Continue Disclaimer: Inductee’s biography/statistics are current upon the year of their induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Gail Ann Goestenkors (born February 26, 1963 in Waterford, Michigan), is the women's basketball head coach for The University of Texas, having accepted the position on April 3, 2007, replacing the legendary Jody Conradt.
Gail Ann Goestenkors is the former women's basketball head coach for The University of Texas having accepted the position on April 3 2007 replacing the legendary Jody Conradt.
Goestenkors resigned as the head coach at Texas on March 19 2012 stating that her heart was telling her to take a break from basketball.
The longtime Duke University head coach has been single since her divorce from fellow basketball coach Mark Simons.