EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette women’s basketball head coach Diane Nolan announced the addition of Theresa Grentz to her coaching staff. Grentz was the head coach of the 1992 US Women’s Olympic team and was also the head coach at the University of Illinois and Rutgers.
“I am absolutely thrilled to announce Theresa Grentz is joining our Leopard staff for the season,” Nolan said. “Passion, charisma, expertise and integrity are just a few adjectives describing coach Grentz. I am very excited for our players, staff and Lafayette community to interact with coach Grentz, as she shares her wealth of knowledge and experience. I want to express special appreciation to the college administration, including our Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon, for support of this unique opportunity for our women’s basketball program.”
During her 33-year head coaching career, Grentz has accumulated over 670 wins. While at Rutgers she won 434 games, including an AIAW National Championship in 1981. She also reached the NCAA Tournament in nine consecutive seasons with the Scarlet Knights. During her time at Illinois, Grentz won 210 games and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen twice.
Grentz was a three-time All-American for the Immaculata College Mighty Macs, where she was a member of three National Championship teams. In 2014, Grentz and her teammates were inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Grentz is also the former President and a founding member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and was a recipient of the 2013 Lapchick Character Award.
“I am honored to be joining the Lafayette College coaching staff,” Grentz said. “It is no secret that basketball has been one of my life’s passions. In my new role, I am committed to helping continue Lafayette College’s winning tradition.”
During her seven year hiatus from basketball, Grentz served as the former Vice President for University Advancement at her alma mater Immaculata University. Over the last three years, Grentz has devoted her time to Grentz Elite Coaching, a basketball teaching academy to improve players and coaches in order to enhance their game. In the Spring of 2014, Grentz penned her first book: Lessons Learned from Playing a Child’s Game.