By Malcolm Butler
By Malcolm Butler
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However, Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon has done all three ... and more.
Weatherspoon, entering her sixth year at her alma mater, is one of the marquee faces and names in the women's game, and rightly so.
From her prep days at West Sabine High School to her national championship run at Louisiana Tech to her all-star career in the WNBA, the four-time Hall of Famer has never settled for second best ... and her resume proves it.
The legendary point guard, who became the face of the WNBA for almost a decade, is already a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame (1996), the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (2010), the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (2010) and the New York Liberty Ring of Honor (2011).
Weatherspoon has succeeded on every level as a player and is now following in the legendary footsteps of two other Hall of Famers in Leon Barmore and Sonja Hogg.
After returning to her alma mater as the associate head coach in 2008, Weatherspoon took over the reins of the program in February of 2009. Since then, she has led the program to three postseason appearances, including back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011.
A two-time all-American during her playing days at LA Tech, Weatherspoon has recorded an overall record of 87-51 as head coach - 50-21 in conference play.
During her first full season as head coach in 2009-10, she led Tech to a 23-9 record, the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Tournament title and the programs 26th appearance in the NCAA Tournament ... the first since 2006.
Tech also took ACC champion and 9th-ranked Florida State down to the wire before falling on the Seminoles home floor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Weatherspoon was rewarded for her efforts by being named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year.
She followed that up with an impressive 2010-11 that saw LA Tech win 24 games, including a 15-point victory over Georgia, capture the WAC regular season title, earn votes in the AP and ESPN Top 25 polls and earn the program's 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Tech also posted the program's 1,000th victory with a win over Nevada in the WAC Tournament semifinals.
Weatherspoon has also proven to be one of the top teachers of the game as she molded WAC Players of the Year Shanavia Dowdell and Adrienne Johnson into two of the nation's premier players as both earned honorable mention All-American honors and were selected in the WNBA Draft following their senior seasons.
The legendary collegiate and WNBA guard was named only the fifth head coach in the storied history of the Lady Techster basketball program during a press conference held in the Charles Wyly Athletic Center April 2, 2009.
Weatherspoon earned the promotion after she took over the program as interim head coach on Feb. 9, 2009 and guided Louisiana Tech to a 9-2 mark down the stretch, the 2009 Western Athletic Conference regular season title and a WNIT appearance.
The combination of Weatherspoon's success on the sideline, legendary status as a player in the Columbia blue uniform in the 1980s, and reputation as one of the WNBA's all-time greatest players, made the decision an easy one for Tech administrators.
Weatherspoon's career accomplishments tell the story of one of the top players to ever play the game collegiately, internationally and professionally.
And as impressive as her professional playing resume is, it doesn't hold a candle to the one she built as a player at Louisiana Tech.
During her Louisiana Tech playing career which spanned from 1984 through 1988, Weatherspoon was a two-time Kodak All-American (1987, 1988) and won the prestigious Wade Trophy as the top player in the country during her senior season.
In fact as a senior, Weatherspoon earned an incredible trifecta as she was named the state player of the year, the American South Conference Player of the Year and the national player of the year. In that same year (1988), Weatherspoon won a national championship title -- LA Tech defeated Auburn 56-54 in the NCAA title game -- and an Olympic gold medal as part of the US National Team.
She led the Lady Techsters to a mark of 118-14 during her career and two national championship game appearances in 1987 and 1988, earning spots on the All-Final Four teams both years. She was instrumental in leading Tech to a remarkable second half comeback against Auburn to claim the 1988 National Championship Title.
Weatherspoon -- whose No. 11 jersey is retired at LA Tech -- was named to the NCAA Women's Basketball Team of the Decade for the 1980's. A member of the 1,000-point club (1,087) at LA Tech, she still ranks No. 1 in career assists (958) and career steals (411).
She also earned distinction in USA Basketball circles, leading the US to the gold medal in the 1988 Olympics and the bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics. She also earned gold medals in the 1986 World Championships, the 1986 Goodwill Games and the 1987 World University Games.
Weatherspoon spent eight seasons as a player in the WNBA -- seven with the New York Liberty and one with the Los Angeles Sparks.
During her time in the league, Weatherspoon started 220 straight games and led the Liberty to three WNBA championship appearances in 1997, 1999 and 2000. She was a five-time WNBA All-Star, a four-time all-WNBA second teamer and the two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. She still ranks No. 3 in career assists (1,338) and No. 8 in career steals (465) in the history of the WNBA. This past summer, she was named one of the 15 greatest players in the history of the WNBA.
Her professional playing experience started in 1988 when she went overseas to play. Weatherspoon spent six years in Italy -- where she was named a six-time all-star -- and two years in Russia.
Weatherspoon earned her bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech.
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