Immaculata University Magazine - Spring 2011 - page 49

Rush
NAISMITH
MEMORIAL
BASKETBALL
HALL OF FAME
INDUCTEE
‘08
Cathy
head coach
T
hrough coaching women’s basketball at
Immaculata College, Cathy Rush became
a leader in women’s sports. At a time
when women’s basketball still used archaic
rules, Rush chose to teach her players the
more aggressive tactics used in men’s games,
which led to excellent results.
During just seven years, she led Immaculata’s
Mighty Macs to three first-ever National
Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for
Women (AIAW) championships from 1972 to
1974, five eastern AIAW championships, and
two national AIAW championship runner-ups.
Her career record at Immaculata is 149 wins
and 15 losses, giving her a stunning 91%
winning percentage. She won not just games,
but new recognition for women’s basketball.
During her time at Immaculata, Rush
influenced players such as Theresa Shank
Grentz, Rene Muth Portland, and Marianne
Crawford Stanley, who would go on to become
star basketball coaches themselves. Rush later
coached the 1975 U.S. women’s basketball
team at the Pan American games, leading the
team to a gold medal finish.
In 1978, Rush became the first female
commentator for women’s basketball on
national television. She has worked with NBC,
CBS, ESPN, CBN, and PRISM.
In 2000, Rush became a member of the
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and in
2008, she was inducted into the Naismith
Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. She is one
of the few women who have been inducted
into the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, and she is
one of only six “outsiders” inducted into the
prestigious Philadelphia Big Five Hall of Fame.
Although she neither played for nor coached
at a member institution, she was recognized
by the Big Five for her contributions and
commitment to women’s basketball. She
received Special Achievement Awards from
both the New Jersey and Philadelphia Sports
Writers’ Associations and from the Delaware
County Athletes Hall of Fame.
Rush is the founder and president of Future
Stars Camps, one of the largest camps in the
country, which more than 100,000 children
have attended. For 40 years, Future Stars has
held basketball, field hockey, soccer, all sport,
and sports and arts camps for girls and boys.
Currently a resident of Sarasota, FL, Rush has
two sons and six grandchildren.
WWW. Y E A R O F T H E M I G H T Y MA C S . C OM
47
1...,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48 50,51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59,...140
Powered by FlippingBook