Weatherspoon scores double hall of fame honors

June 24, 2010

by Sapphira Brown

Head women’s basketball coach Teresa Weatherspoon has been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Weatherspoon received her Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame honor June 12 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Weatherspoon had a long productive career as a well-
applauded, hardworking basketball star. She came in as a freshman in 1985 to play for the Lady Techsters right out of high school and pressure got a lot tougher.

She was coached under the legendary Leon Barmore, who Weatherspoon feels taught her and her former college teammates “a lesson.”

“Coach Barmore told me in order to play on his team, I had to defend first,” Weatherspoon said.

During her four-year career at Tech, Weatherspoon led the Lady Techsters to a record of 118-14, four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two Final Four appearances, according to www.CBSSports.com.

In 1988, she vigorously and defensively helped the Lady Techsters claim their third national title.

After over 18 years of playing basketball and receiving various titles and medals, Weatherspoon returned to Tech where her most valuable teachings were learned. Weatherspoon said she wants to make sure that she has the opportunity to inspire, lead and drive younger athletes.

Tech President Dan Reneau said he is thrilled to have Weatherspoon a part of the Bulldog family again as an ambassador for Lady Techster basketball.

“Teresa’s contributions, both as player and coach, have played a major part in securing the Lady Techster legacy in the world of women’s basketball. Her passion and work ethic should serve as an example and inspiration for every young woman who steps in the court,” Reneau said, according to www.CBSSports.com.

The former WNBA and USA Olympic team player has touched the
lives of her athletes both on and off the court.

“Coach ‘Spoon is amazing. She makes me feel like victory is always within reach and all we have to do is have drive and determination,” Brietta Thomas, senior guard, said. “Not only is she cool on the court, she is fun to hang out with. I’m glad we have a coach as well as a friend when we need it.”

“Teresa deserves everything that she has received because of the hard work she put in to all that she has achieved,” Retha Swindell, former head coach at West Sabine High School, said, according to www.CBSSports.com.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled June 24-26 in Natchitoches.