University Communications

Immaculata Vice President and Alumna, Theresa Grentz, to Speak at National Catholic Conference

West Chester resident Theresa Grentz, who is vice president for University Advancement at Immaculata University and a 1974 alumna, is scheduled to be a speaker at the National FOCUS Conference 2010 – Made for More held in Orlando, Florida, January 1 through 3. Thousands of students will gather for the conference to receive top-shelf instruction in the Catholic faith; they will be encouraged and challenged to live the human virtues and to seek excellence in their academic and professional endeavors, their relationships, and their spiritual lives.
Theresa will join fellow speakers including the keynote presenter, Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., the director of the Office for Spirituality Development of the Archdiocese of New York. While coaching women´s basketball, Theresa accomplished many great achievements. She won the 2007 WBCA´s Carol Eckman Award, which exemplifies spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and commitment to the student-athlete. On June 9, 2001, she was inducted into the Women´s Basketball Hall of Fame. Theresa was named the sixth head women´s basketball coach of the University of Illinois in1995. She was named head coach of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Women´s Basketball Team, and on August 8, 1992 the U.S. team won the Bronze Medal Game against Cuba.
In 1976, Theresa was named head coach of women´s basketball at Rutgers University. At that time, she became the first full-time women´s basketball coach in the nation. Theresa coached at Rutgers University for 19 years, where she led them to their first Elite Eight in the AIAW national tournament in March 1980 and to their first NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the East Regional Final in March 1986.
FOCUS, the fellowship of Catholic university students, is a national campus outreach that meets college students where they are and invites them to examine the meaning and purpose of their lives.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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