Remembering Kay Yow

ATLANTA, January 26, 2009— Coach Kay Yow, women's basketball pioneer and legendary coach of North Carolina State, passed away Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer. She was 66.

The Atlanta Dream send their condolences to the Yow family, Coach Yow's numerous friends, the North Carolina State family, and everyone whose lives Coach Yow touched.

Donna Orender, WNBA President:
"This is certainly a profound loss for the family of basketball. Kay's legacy will be the many lives she touched and will continue to touch as the lessons she delivered in life will live on."

Renee Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations:
"I consider myself blessed to have known - and learned from - Coach Yow throughout my career. Without a doubt she will be remembered as one of the most beloved coaches in the history of women's basketball. Her players adored her but it was so, so much bigger than basketball. They adored and respected her for the life lessons she imparted along the way; she taught them the value of being a good person and representing themselves and their families in the proper manner. Kay did more than prepare her players for basketball; she prepared them for life."

Yow won more than 700 games in a career filled with milestones. She coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 1988, won four Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships, earned 20 NCAA tournament bids and reached the Final Four in 1998. She was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2002, the fifth female coach to be selected.

The WCBA created the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund in her honor. The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund™ is a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. To donate in honor of Coach Yow, please click here.