Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Blair Hits A Trifecta

By Mel Greenberg

OK, I said I'd come back before hitting the highway to UConn for the Rutgers game tonight if there was any news of sorts.

Well, there is, for you stat freaks.

The appearance of Texas A&M in this week's AP poll allows coach Gary Blair exclusive membership in the three-different-teams-in-the-poll-club.

To some this is so big a deal that Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow, who has made enough fame ten times over in her current job, reminds me that she was the first every time I go to see a Terps game in College Park.

Here's the current coaching file that I send around to notable friends and conference PR types to share with members. The trio club is at the top.

Also, next week, C. Vivian Stringer, the grandest trio coach of all, will hit the 100-poll mark with Rutgers. And Tennessee legend Pat Summitt is two weeks away from the 500 mark, missing just 14 polls.

Here's the file to hold you all over until tonight, unless you want to read a print account in Tuesday's paper at philly.com that's a short version of what I offered you all in a previous post.

Later -- Mel

Here's the file.

By Mel Greenberg
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Quick hits on AP poll performance for coaches thru week No. 13 of the 2005-06 poll

(This is 512th poll after week 13). (Records on pages through Monday, 2/06/06)

Coaches With Three Ranked Teams

C. Vivian Stringer (Cheyney-85), (Iowa-155), (Rutgers-99), 339
Jim Foster (St. Joe-35), (Vanderbilt-164), Ohio St.-51), 250
Marianne Stanley (Old Dominion-141), (Southern Cal-24), (Stanford*-18), 183
Gary Blair (Stephen F. Austin-79), (Arkansas-67), (Texas A&M-1), 147
Lin Dunn (Miami-2), (Mississippi-1), (Purdue-130), 133
Don Perrelli (Northwestern-52), (S. Conn.-20), (St. John’s-1), 73
Sharon Fanning (Kentucky-4), (Miss. St.-46), (Tenn.-Chattannoga-4), 54
Debbie Yow (Florida-2), (Kentucky-21), (Oral Roberts-1), 24

Co-Coaches
Kittie Blakemore, Scott Harrelson – West Virginia 8
Sonja Hogg, Leon Barmore – Louisiana Tech 51
Jill Hutchison, Linda Fischer – Illinois St. 3
Jim Jarrett, Joyce Patterson – Georgia St. 1
Marianne Stanley, Amy Tucker – Stanford 18
Jim Bolla, Sheila Strike – UNLV 18

Coaches All Time Ranking Appearances

1. Pat Summitt, Tennessee – 498 (missed just 14 polls in entire AP history)
2. Andy Landers, Georgia – 390
3. Jody Conradt, Texas – 386
4. C. Vivian Stringer (3 schools – Cheyney, Iowa, Rutgers) – 339
5. Rene Portland (2 schools – St. Joseph, Penn St.) – 336
6. **-Leon Barmore, Louisiana Tech (51-shared with Sonja Hogg) – 325
7. Kay Yow, North Caro. St. – 323
8. Tara VanDerveer (2 schools – Ohio St., Stanford) – 306
9. Debbie Ryan, Virginia – 292
10. **-Joe Ciampi, Auburn – 290
11. **-Sue Gunter (2 schools – Stephen F. Austin, LSU) – 270
12. Joan Bonvicini (2 schools – Long Beach, Arizona) - 267
13. Geno Auriemma, Connecticut, 266
14. Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech – 264
15. Jim Foster (3 schools – St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt, Ohio St.) – 250
16. **-Chris Weller, Maryland - 227
17. Theresa Grentz (2 schools – Rutgers, Illinois) – 225
18. **-Van Chancellor, Mississippi – 221
19. Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina – 216
20.. Gail Goestenkors, Duke – 205
21..**-Marianne Stanley (3 schools – Old Dominion, Southern Cal, Stanford*) – 183
22. **-Paul Sanderford (2 schools – W. Kentucky, Nebraska) – 182
23. **-Marian Washington, Kansas – 176
24. Gary Blair, (3 schools – Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas, Texas A&M) – 147
25. **-Ceal Barry, Colorado – 142
**-Not in college

Active Coaches-All Time AP Ranking Appearances

1. Pat Summitt, Tennessee – 498 (missed just 14 polls in entire AP history)
2. Andy Landers, Georgia – 390
3. Jody Conradt, Texas – 386
4. C. Vivian Stringer (3 schools – Cheyney, Iowa, Rutgers) – 339
5. Rene Portland (2 schools – St. Joseph, Penn St.) – 336
6. Kay Yow, North Caro. St. – 323
7. Tara VanDerveer (2 schools – Ohio St., Stanford) – 306
8. Debbie Ryan, Virginia – 292
9. Joan Bonvicini (2 schools – Long Beach, Arizona) - 267
10. Geno Auriemma, Connecticut – 266
11. Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech – 264
12. Jim Foster (3 schools – St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt, Ohio St.) – 250
13. Theresa Grentz (2 schools – Rutgers, Illinois) – 225
14. Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina – 216
15. Gail Goestenkors, Duke – 205
16. Gary Blair, (2 schools – Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas, Texas A&M) – 147
17. Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame – 139
18.Wendy Larry, Old Dominion – 127
19. Kristy Curry, Purdue – 118
20. Carol Ross, (2 schools – Florida, Mississippi) - 112
21. )))-Chris Gobrecht (Washington) - 104
22. Cathy Inglese (2 school - Boston College, Vermont) – 97
23. ---Jane Albright (N. Illinois, Wisconsin) _ 96
24. Bill Fennelly, (2 schools – Toledo, Iowa) – 95
25. Sherri Coale, Oklahoma – 92
26. Joe McKeown, George Washington – 82
27. &&-Jim Bolla, UNLV* – 75
28. Melanie Balcomb (2 schools – Xavier, Vanderbilt) – 74
28. Doug Bruno, DePaul – 71
29. Pam Borton, Minnesota – 70
30. Kim Mulkey-Robertson, Baylor – 68
31. Debbie Patterson, Kansas St. – 67
32. Sharon Fanning (3 schools – Tenn.-Chattanooga, Kentucky, Miss. St.) – 54
32. Mark French, UC Santa Barbara – 54
34. @@-Cheryl Burnett, Missouri St., 51
35. Kathy Olivier, UCLA 48
35. Joanne P. McCallie, Michigan St. – 48
37. Harry Perretta, Villanova – 44
38. ##-Kurt Budke, Louisiana Tech. – 42
39. Elaine Elliott, Utah – 40
40. Brenda Frese (2 schools, Minnesota, Maryland) – 38
41. ++-Bonnie Henrickson, Virginia Tech – 36
42. Lisa Stockton, Tulane – 34
42. !!-Tom Collen, Colorado St. – 34
44. Pokey Chatman, LSU – 32
&&-Active at Hawaii (Shared 18 with Sheila Strike); @@-Active at Michigan; ##-Active at Oklahoma St.; ++-Active at Kansas; !!-Active at Louisville; )))-Active at Yale; ---Active at Wichita St..

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