Legette-Jack Speaks at NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet
Oct. 23, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack was the keynote speaker at the 28th annual Monroe County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on Oct. 21. The event, which is the organization's largest fundraiser, focused on "Voting Our Values and Valuing Our Vote." Legette-Jack emphasized this in her comments.
"Voting is not our right, it's our obligation to voice our opinion on what we think matters," Legette-Jack said in front a large group that included Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan and Monroe County Commissioner Iris Kiesling.
Legette-Jack also spoke of her background and the value of having a choice, which was instilled in her by her mother.
"Some people in your life may say things that don't make sense, but those are the choices you have to make," Legette-Jack said.
A 1989 graduate of Syracuse University, Legette-Jack discussed a choice she made for herself in attending Syracuse, where she stands as the all-time leading rebounder and second-leading scorer in school history. Her drive for success at Syracuse led her to assistant coaching positions at Boston College, Syracuse and Michigan State, before taking over the reigns as the head coach at Hofstra University.
Legette-Jack spent the last four years turning Hofstra into a postseason contender, earning Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Coach of the Year honor in 2003-04. In her fourth season leading the Pride, she guided Hofstra to 19 wins and a school-record 12 league wins, culminating in a Women's National Invitational Tournament appearance in 2005-06.
Legette-Jack also brings a wealth of experience from two USA Basketball gold medal-winning coaching staffs, which included Duke head coach Gail Goestenkors and Ohio State head coach Jim Foster.
Now at the helm of the Hoosiers' women's basketball program, Legette-Jack also discussed her commitment to IU and her drive to raise more banners in Assembly Hall.
"We're here to win championships," Legette-Jack said. "We don't know how to fail."
Legette-Jack and the Hoosiers open the season with a pair of exhibition games on Friday, Nov. 3 (vs. Indianapolis), and on Monday, Nov. 6 (vs. Northern Kentucky), at 7 p.m. (ET). Indiana tips off regular-season action at the Women's Sports Foundation Classic, hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington, on Nov. 10 and 12. The Hoosiers open the tournament against Wake Forest on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.
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