Theresa Grentz Returns to the Sidelines at Lafayette College

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.

Theresa Grentz at Discovery Ministries Fundraiser

From: http://www.philly2philly.com/phillybuzz/10071/philadelphia_basketball_community_comes_together_discovery_ministries_fundraiser

Several members of the local and national basketball fraternity gathered Wednesday night for Meet & Greet Legends reception presented by Discovery Ministries at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield, NJ.

The event, which served as a fundraiser for Discovery Ministries, featured LaSalle University men’s basketball coach Dr. John Giannini, former number one NBA draft pick Pervis Ellison, NCAA basketball coaching legend Theresa Grentz and ESPN Basketball Analyst Tim Legler. The group shared their tremendous life experiences and spoke on behalf of Discovery Ministries and the impact that it’s had on its participants for over four decades.

The two most responsible for putting the event together are Msgr. Michael Mannion and event coordinator Jeanine Reynolds Delaney. Msgr. Mannion, the Director of Community Relations for the Diocese of Camden, has been a part of Discovery Ministries since its inception in 1974. Not one of the speakers on the evening failed to recognize the impact Msgr. Mannion has had on their life as well as countless others he has touched along the way.

Delaney, was a standout star at Washington Township High School and Saint Joseph’s University before turning her career to teaching at Rowan University and at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. Delaney’s son Tim, a 6-8 power forward at Pitman High School, committed to Villanova University last June- and he’s just a junior!

Since the launch of Discovery House almost 40 years ago, over 30,000 youth, young adults, and family members have participated in spiritual retreats at Discovery Ministries that have helped participants grow, pursue their dreams, and develop their God-given talents and gifts.

Discovery Ministries now also provides social, recreational, and spiritual opportunities for families with chronically ill children, handicapped children, or special needs children. Discovery House thus serves as a “home away from home” for families who deserve special care and attention.

Located in South Jersey (3730 Richards Ave, Mullica Township, NJ 08037) near Hammonton, the newly renovated and expanded Discovery House also hosts workshops, conferences, meetings, and training sessions sponsored by church and community groups, service and educational organizations.

Theresa Grentz wins Lapchick Character Award

Naismith Hall of Famer Don Haskins, who led Texas Western to one of the most memorable NCAA championships, women’s basketball pioneer Theresa Grentz and former Iowa and USC coach George Raveling have been selected as the 2013 recipients of the Lapchick Character Award.
The winners of the sixth annual awards were announced Monday. The award is named after the Hall of Fame coach and is presented by a group that includes Joe Lapchick biographer and former player Gus Alfieri. It recognizes those who have shown the character traits of Lapchick, who coached at St. John’s and with the New York Knicks.
The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Nov. 21 with the recipients honored that night during the 2K Sports Classic, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden.
Haskins, known as ”The Bear,” coached at Texas Western, which became UTEP, for 38 seasons, winning 719 games and leading the Miners to 14 NCAA appearances. None was bigger than the 1966 run that culminated with the 72-65 championship game victory over Kentucky and coach Adolph Rupp. Haskins started five black players that day, a barrier-breaking event recalled in the book and movie ”Glory Road.”
Haskins’ last UTEP team finished 16-12 in 1998-99, his 32nd winning season in 38 years. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997. Haskins played for Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba at Oklahoma State when the school was still Oklahoma A&M and was his assistant coach for the 1972 US Olympic team. Haskins died in 2008 at age 78.
Grentz played for Naismith Hall of Fame coach Cathy Rush at Immaculata College, winning three AIAW national championships from 1972-74. She began her 33-year coaching career immediately after graduation, starting at Saint Joseph’s in her native Philadelphia. She went on to Rutgers, becoming women’s college basketball’s first full-time head coach. After 19 seasons at Rutgers, which she led to the AIAW national championship in 1982, Grentz coached 12 seasons at Illinois, finishing with 671 victories.
She was selected as the head coach for the US women’s Olympic team in 1992, winning the bronze medal at Barcelona. In 2007 she was presented the Eckman Award by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, an organization she served as president for two years.
Raveling was a star player at Villanova before getting into coaching as an assistant to Lefty Driesell at Maryland. He was head coach at Washington State, Iowa and Southern California from 1972-1994, amassing 337 victories and six NCAA tournament appearances.
Raveling became Nike’s director of international basketball when he retired in 1994. He has written books on basketball and served as an analyst on college broadcasts. In 2013 he received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Previous winners of the Lapchick Award, which was first presented in 2008, include Naismith Hall of Famers Lou Carnesecca, Dean Smith, Pat Summitt, John Thompson, Bob Hurley Sr., Pete Carril, Jody Conradt, Rush, Morgan Wootten, Pete Newell, C.M. Newton and the late Kay Yow.

Theresa Grentz Among Presenters for the 2012 Lapchick Character Awards

James Brown, the host of CBS’ NFL Today, and longtime women’s college basketball coach Theresa Grentz are among the presenters for the 2012 Lapchick Character Awards.

Four members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame have been selected as the 2012 recipients of the Lapchick Character Award.

Cathy Rush. C.M. Newton, Morgan Wootten and the late Pete Newell were announced Monday as the coaches to be honored this year with the award named after the Hall of Fame coach and that is presented by a group that includes Joe Lapchick biographer and former player Gus Alfieri. It recognizes those who have shown the character traits of Lapchick, who coached at St. John’s and with the New York Knicks.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon at the New York Athletic Club on Nov. 15, and the honorees will be recognized that night at Madison Square Garden during the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Previous winners of the award, which was first presented in 2008, are Naismith Hall of Famers Lou Carnesecca, Dean Smith, Pat Summitt, John Thompson, Bob Hurley Sr., Pete Carril, Jody Conradt and the late Kay Yow, as well as Jack Curran, Gene Keady, Jim Phelan and Debbie Ryan. To learn more about the these legendary coaches click here.

The award is sponsored by D’Agostino supermarkets and contributing sponsors Primetime Limo, EOS and ICS.

You can purchase tickets and find out more at the Lapchick Awards website here.

Theresa Grentz To Be Keynote Speaker at PIRSA 2012

From: http://sites.lafayette.edu/pirsa2012/keynote-speaker/

Lafayette College is proud to present Theresa Grentz as the keynote speaker for the 2012 PIRSA Conference.

Theresa Grentz spent 33 years as a head coach, including 12 seasons at Illinois. Grentz’s career coaching record is 671-309, making her tenth all time in NCAA women’s basketball coaching victories. Additionally, Grentz was the head coach of the USA Olympic women’s basketball team that brought home the bronze medal in 1992. In 2001, Grentz was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Grentz certainly made her mark nationally and internationally in women’s basketball, and has now extended her legacy further by founding a coaching institute and becoming a motivational and educational speaker. Whether it was coaching the United States Olympic team or winning the national championship, Grentz always found a way to “Make it Matter” and thus made the Grentz name synonymous with success.

Event Information:
Speaker: Theresa Grentz
Location: Wilson Room, Pfenning Alumni Center
Date: October 11, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM

Unleashing Your Inner Olympic Spirit – A Talk By Theresa Grentz

Presented by
The Sweeney Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

“Unleashing Your Inner Olympic Spirit”

Thursday, October 4th
6PM – 8PM

The Visitor Center at Rutgers University
100 Sutphen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

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 We look forward to seeing you there!

Theresa Grentz will speak about how to transition to—and from–the top effectively and support one another along the way.

Convenient on-site parking. Hors d’oeuvres and Refreshments will be served



USA Basketball and NCAA to Honor Olympic Coaches

USA Basketball and the NCAA will honor former United States Olympic Coaches at this year’s Final Four in Denver, CO on Sunday, April 1, 2012.

The recognition ceremony will take place during halftime of the second game.

Coach Theresa Grentz was the 1992 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Coach. The Games (XXV Olympiad) were held in Barcelona, Spain.

More details on this tribute will be posted as they become available.

U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Coach Founds Grentz Elite Coaching

U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Coach and former NCAA Division I Head Women’s Basketball Coach Theresa Shank Grentz has founded Grentz Elite Coaching.

Coach Theresa Shank Grentz was the 1992 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Coach. The Games (XXV Olympiad) were held in Barcelona, Spain.

Operating in the Philadelphia suburbs, Grentz Elite Coaching will specialize in basketball training and camps for boys and girls, one-on-one coaching for college bound athletes and professional mentoring for assistant and head coaches. Additionally, Coach Grentz is available for public speaking engagements.

Coach Grentz is the former head women’s basketball coach for The University of Illinois and Rutgers University. She is also the former president of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). While at Illinois, Grentz led her squad to the school’s only Big Ten crown in Women’s Basketball for which she was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and WBCA District Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998. While at Rutgers, her team won the AIAW National Championship. She started her coaching career at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.

In 2001, Grentz was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

As a collegiate player, Grentz was a three-time All-American playing for the legendary Mighty Macs of Immaculata College now considered to be the birthplace of modern women’s college basketball. The Mighty Macs recently became the subject of the highly-acclaimed feature film of the same name released by Sony.

Grentz and her talented teammates won America’s first three national women’s college basketball championships in 1972, 1973 and 1974. The Mighty Macs were also one of the first two women’s collegiate teams to ever compete in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Upon her graduation from Immaculata College (now Immaculata University), where she majored in biology with a minor in chemistry, Grentz was named to the 1974 U.S. National team in the World Basketball Championship Games.

A native of Glenolden, Pennsylvania, Grentz played at Cardinal O’Hara High School, leading her team to three Philadelphia Catholic and City League titles.

For more information about Grentz Elite Coaching or to contact Coach Grentz, please call 610-256-6300 or email tgrentz@grentzelitecoaching.com.

Coach Grentz to Speak at Atlantic 10 Women’s Championship

U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Coach Theresa Shank Grentz will be a guest speaker at the Atlantic 10 Women’s Championship on Monday, March 5, 2012 beginning at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph’s University’s Field House in Philadelphia, PA.

Coach Grentz’s speech is entitled: Lessons Learned Playing a Child’s Game.

Grentz is the former president of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and women’s head basketball coach for the University of Illinois and Rutgers University.

Game time is 5 p.m.