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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.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ginny Doyle Tribute VIII: Reaction From an AAU Sector in Near Washington

By Mel Greenberg

PHILADELPHIA --
With the Doyle family back in Philadelphia, the Guru had dinner early Sunday evening with Ginny's brother Joe, who spoke of the beginning part of planning for next Tuesday night's visitation/celebration of life at the funeral home followed by the Mass Wednesday morning.

Joe said many basketball items related to Ginny's life will be on display Tuesday night and we both remind you that as opposed to what you read originally, after the doors open at 7 p.m. they will remain as such until the last person has left, however late that may be.

The family is still waiting for final reports from the medical examiner's off and the federal government FAA and NTSB agencies. That could take a while longer.

There was a report that the map the pilot used may not have had an indication of the power line -- Joe said that is what the family had heard -- but that will remain unclarified until the findings are presented.

The latest details involving next week's events here will come in the next blog post involving tributes to Ginny, the Richmond associate head women's basketball coach, who, along with operations director Natalie Lewis, perished, along with balloon captain Dan Kirk, in Virginia a week ago this past Friday after the balloon came in contact with power lines, caught fire and exploded.

That said from this sector, here is another tribute, this one comes from Kathy Gillespie, coach of the U-17 team that is part of the Germantown Lady Panthers AAU organization in Maryland just outside the nation's capital.

Another Person Impacted by Ginny Doyle

I have been reading your blog with all the tributes to Ginny Doyle and wanted to express my sadness at the loss of one of the best coaches and people in our game.

My relationship with Ginny was a bit different than many of those described previously as I am a high school and club coach and got to know Ginny through her recruitment of some of my players.

Ginny did every thing right as a recruiter...she got to know the players and their families, she did her homework, and she was very straightforward.

It is not surprising that Ginny was a great recruiter as she was such a such a funny, engaging and personable individual, she made you want to be a part of her world.

My team was playing in a tournament the weekend that Ginny passed.

A Division III coach who was there watching asked if I had heard about the tragedy, which at that point was not confirmed.

I said it could not be true as Ginny had texted me on Friday afternoon at 2 pm.

Sadly, when we learned that Ginny had died so tragically, I told some of our parents so they could inform their daughters, and all of us felt as if we had been punched in the stomach.

Honestly, it was hard to go onto to the court and play basketball.

I always tell my kids that the value of basketball in their lives is not for the trophies and victories and scholarships won, it is for the people they meet and the relationships they develop.

Ginny was one of those people that made basketball the beautiful game it is for many of us.

She will be missed.

Sincerely,
Kathy Gillespie
Germantown Lady Panthers


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