|[February 18, 2013]
Legendary Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor to be keynote speaker at 2013 awards program honoring Magnolia state's top college basketball players
JACKSON, Miss. --(Business Wire)--
Van Chancellor, one of the most decorated head coaches in the history of
women's collegiate and professional basketball, will be the keynote
speaker at the 2013 C Spire Howell and Gillom Trophy presentations on
March 11 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Van Chancellor, one of the most decorated head coaches in the history of women's collegiate and professional basketball, will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 C Spire Howell and Gillom Trophy presentations on March 11 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. (Photo: Business Wire)
Chancellor, a Louisville, Miss. native enshrined in the Women's
Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of
Fame, will headline the annual awards program sponsored by C Spire
Wireless that honors the Magnolia state's top male and female college
basketball players from the 2012-2013 season.
The awards are named after two of the Mississippi's most popular and
successful players in the sport -Bailey Howell and Peggie
Howell was a two-time All American at Mississippi State University and a
six-time NBA All-Star who played on Boston Celtic world championship
teams in 1968 and 1969. A 1977 inductee to the Mississippi Sports Hall
of Fame and the first Mississippi player inducted into the Naismith
Basketball Hall of Fame, Howell still holds nearly a dozen season and
career records at Mississippi State.
Gillom-Granderson, an Abbeville, Miss. native, is Ole Miss' all-time
leading scorer and rebounder. She has coached at the college level, the
WNBA and the Olympics.
Chancellor has close connections to both Howell and Gillom-Granderson.
"As a young boy … Bailey Howell was my hero," he said. "When I became a
coach and got to know Bailey, I realized he was not only a great player,
but an outstanding person." Howell was one of two presenters for
Chancellor when he was selected for the Naismith MemorialBasketball
Hall of Fame in 2007.
The legendary coach's ties to Gillom-Granderson are even closer.
"Basketball has given me many opportunities in my life and many of them
are because of the Gillom sisters," said Chancellor, who coached both
players during his stint as Ole Miss Lady Rebels head coach. "Peggie and
Jennifer made me a better coach as players and Peggie put out fires for
me many years as my most trusted assistant coach."
Chancellor, who retired from coaching in 2011 and is now a television
analyst for SEC (News - Alert) and Southland Conference basketball, won 439 games as
the Lady Rebels head coach from 1978 to 1997, guiding Ole Miss to the
NCAA tournament 14 times, including 11 consecutive appearances from 1982
to 1992. His teams won at least 20 games fifteen times, including a
school record 31 wins during the 1978-1979 season.
He led Ole Miss to the NCAA's Elite Eight on four occasions and was SEC
Coach of the Year three times. Similarly successful on the professional
stage, Chancellor led the Houston Comets for 10 years, including the
first four years as WNBA champions from 1997 to 2000. The Comets were
the only team to make the playoffs in each of the first seven season of
the new league and hold the highest single-season winning percentage in
WNBA history. He also coached the USA gold medal team at the 2004
Olympics and has a 38-0 record in international competition.
2013 marks the 17th anniversary of the Outstanding Player
Awards presentation. C Spire Wireless has served as title sponsor for 15
years since 1998. The Conerly Trophy in college football, the Howell
Trophy in men's college basketball, the Gillom Trophy in women's college
basketball and the Ferriss Trophy in college baseball comprise the four
elements of the C Spire Outstanding Player Award series.
"We're always pleased with the caliber of young men and women who are
selected as finalists for the Howell and Gillom awards," said Jim
Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications for C Spire. "This
is shaping up as another strong year in terms of individual performance
and leadership on the basketball court. We're expecting a strong crop of
finalists this year," he said.
All finalists, which will be named March 5, are expected to attend the
luncheon event along with their head coaches. Tickets are $35 each and
include a buffet-style meal. All proceeds benefit the private,
non-profit Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. For ticket
information, contact the Museum at 601-982-8264.
About C Spire Wireless
C Spire Wireless is a diversified wireless communications and technology
services company passionately committed to helping customers by
personalizing wireless services designed just for them. The company is
the first wireless provider in the U.S. to personalize customers'
experience by offering apps that fit who they are, services that
anticipate their needs, and rewards for using their phone in new ways -
all with seamless ease and at amazingly fast speeds. This news release
and other announcements are available at http://www.cspire.com/news/.
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