June 5, 2010
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. -- Texas Women’s Basketball head coach Gail Goestenkors has been named to the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinal Athletics Hall of Fame inaugural class, the committee announced. Goestenkors and six others will be formally inducted during a dinner ceremony on Sept. 17, 2010, at SVSU.
Goestenkors was a member of the Saginaw Valley State women’s basketball team from 1981-85. An NAIA All-American in 1984 and 85, she was named the 1985 Great Lakes Invitational Conference Association (GLICA) “Most Valuable Player." During her collegiate tenure, Goestenkors played in 126 career games as a Cardinal, scoring 1,158 points, while recording 469 assists and 348 steals. Goestenkors led SVSU to a 114-13 record during her four-year career that was highlighted by an NAIA National runner-up finish in 1984-85 as well as a third-place finish in 1983-84.
Goestenkors was an outstanding student as well, earning Academic All-Conference honors.
After earning her physical education degree in 1985, Goestenkors joined the coaching ranks as an Iowa State graduate assistant for the Cyclones during the 1985-86 season. From there, Goestenkors moved to the Big Ten Conference and Purdue, where she would spend the next six years as an assistant coach.
She was the youngest head coach (29) at a major Division I program when she took over at Duke in 1992, and became the fourth-fastest coach in Division I history to register 400 career victories (501 games).
Goestenkors directed the Duke program from 1992-93 through the 2006-07 season, leading the Blue Devils to 13-consecutive NCAA Championship appearances. Duke advanced to four NCAA Final Fours over her last nine seasons, playing in the national semifinals in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006 while making two NCAA championship game appearances (1999, 2006).
On April 5, 2007, Goestenkors was named the third head coach in Texas Women’s Basketball history. Since taking the reins at UT, Goestenkors has led the Longhorns to three-straight NCAA Championship appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
In her 18-year coaching career, Goestenkors has amassed a 461-135 (.775) overall record and is 37-16 (.712) in NCAA Championship games. Prior to the start of the 2009-10 season, Goestenkors ranked No. 6 among active Division I coaches in winning percentage and was No. 7 among all-time Division I coaches in the same category.