Longtime University of Texas women’s basketball coach Jody Conradt resigned on Monday, ending a coaching career at UT that spanned 31 years and produced 900 wins, a national championship with an undefeated team in 1986, 21 NCAA tournament appearances, three trips to the Final Four and membership in the Basketball Hall of Fame. The Chronicle’s Richard Justice has a nice tribute to Coach Conradt here.
I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Coach Conradt, but we have many mutual friends who tell me she is a classy person. A fixture at University of Texas athletic department golf outings around the state during the off-season, Coach Conradt can tell a story with the best of them, as reflected by this classic one about former Longhorn Coach Darrell Royal. Inasmuch as she remains quite popular at UT and in Austin, Coach Conradt will almost certainly be retained by UT in some alumni-related capacity.
By the way, the end of this Joseph Duarte/Chronicle story on Coach Conradt’s resignation contains this week’s candidate for the worst sentence published in the Chronicle:
“Conradt said she’s comfortable leaving the program where it’s at.”