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Sears' Salute to WBCA's CEO Betty F. Jaynes

This year marks the return of the WBCA National Convention to its Pennsylvania roots.

A lot has changed since the inception of the WBCA in 1981 in Wayne, PA, just outside of Philadelphia From a modest membership of 212 coaches and only had 99 attendees at its inaugural convention in 1982, the WBCA currently boasts more than 5,000 members and a national convention that has become a premier happening in women's basketball. That is why Sears has chosen to honor the WBCA's Chief Executive Officer Betty F. Jaynes at the Sears Salute to Champions Brunch.

Betty Jaynes has seen the WBCA through its humble beginnings and helped it grow into the respected organization that it is today. Not only is Sears honoring Jaynes for her contributions to women's basketball, but to signal her induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame this June.

Prior to her involvement with the WBCA, Jaynes served as head women's basketball coach at Madison College (later renamed James Madison University) from 1970 to 1982. The Dukes compiled a 142-114 record under her leadership, and, most notably, won the 1975 Virginia (AIAW) state championship.

Jaynes' teams also posted runners-up finishes in the 1973, 1977 and 1979 state tournaments, while her 1974 and 1975 teams advanced to the AIAW Region 2 playoffs.

Jaynes also chaired the U.S. Girls' and Women's Basketball Rules Committee from 1979 to 1981, and was the tournament director for the 1975 AIAW Large College National Basketball Championships, that boasted the first-ever championship game sell-out.

The tournament also featured the first-ever selection and presentation of the Kodak Women's Basketball Team, which evolved into the most prestigious All-America award in women's basketball. Jaynes chaired the Kodak All-America program from 1976 through 1982, and brought Kodak and its All-America team aboard as the WBCA's first Official Sponsors and Awards Program components in 1982-83.

Since Jaynes became its Executive Director in 1981, the WBCA has blossomed into a leading voice and advocate for women's and girls' basketball. It boasts 98 percent membership of Division I women's basketball coaches and is associated with some of the biggest events in women's basketball, such as the Phoenix/WBCA High School All-America Game.

As CEO of the WBCA, Jaynes is currently functioning as its chief liaison to affiliated governing bodies and sport organizations. In addition, Jaynes oversees the WBCA's legislative role to the NCAA and handles additional advisory affairs as necessary.

This year's WBCA National Convention will serve as a reminder of just how much Betty Jaynes has done for the organization since its inception in 1981.

Every member of the WBCA is proud to return home to Philadelphia this month stronger and more unified than ever.

Kodak All-America Teams

The oldest and most prestigious All-America team in Women's basketball, this elite team is selected entirely by active WBCA coaches. The Division I team is presented at the Kodak All-America Celebration each year.


In the 25-year history of the Division I Kodak All-America program, there have only been four four-time winners. Needless to say, each ranks among the game's immortals. The "undefeated" quartet:

Ann Meyers, UCLA 1975-78

Cheryl Miller, USC 1983-86

Lynette Woodard, Kansas 1978-81

Chamique lloldsclaw, Tenn. 1996-99

WBCA Leadership

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association is governed by the WBCA Executive Committee and the WBCA Board of Directors. The Executive Committee meets three times per year (March, May, August) and via conference call each month of the school year. The Board of Directors meets twice per year (March, August) and via conference call in March and December. Each voting Board member is elected by the WBCA'S active membership for a three-year term, except for the President, who has a two-year commitment. The President appoints non-voting positions and any positions vacated before their expiration date.

IKON/WBCA Coaches of the Year, 1999

Presented annually to one coach in each of the five collegiate divisions -- Division I. Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC/CC -- as well as High School.

RAWLINGS/WBCA Players of the Year, 1999

Presented annually to the best women's basketball player in each collegiate division: Divisions I. II, III, NAIA, and Junior College/Community College, as well as High School.

Sears/WBCA Trophy

Considered the most sought-after award in women's college basketball, the Sears/WBCA Women's Collegiate Basketball Trophy is hand-crafted by Waterford Crystal in Ireland. The trophy takes more than three months to create and is insured for $30,000. This sparkling trophy and a $10,000 scholarship is awarded to the winner of the final USA TODAY/ESPN/WBCA Top 25 Poll, and is presented at the concluding function of the WBCA National Convention.

Sears and the WBCA also present a $2,500 scholarship to each of the national champions in NCAA Division II and III and NAIA Divisions I and II. All conference champions of the four-year school divisions, plus the national champions are honored at the Sears Salute to Champions Luncheon.


The Sears/WBCA Trophy is part of the Sears Collegiate Champions (SCC) program - a comprehensive trophy and academic scholarship program which recognizes both women's and men's sports equally. Sears, Roebuck and Co., and the WBCA also present $20,000 in academic scholarships each year in connection with this trophy. In total, the SCC program awards more than 2,200 trophies and more than a quarter of a million dollars in academic scholarships each year to NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA institutions.

Jostens-Berenson Service Award

Named after Senda Berenson. the founding mother of Women's basketball, and sponsored by Jostens, the award is presented at the Jostens-Berenson Awards Luncheon on the final day of the national Convention to a person who has demonstrated a life-long commitment to women's basketball. The late Margaret Wade won the first Service Award in 1984, and has been followed by a dozen elite figures in women's basketball. 1999 winner: Betty Wiseman. Belmont (Tenn.) U.


1984 Margaret Wade, Delta State U.

1985 Dr. Carol Eckman, West Chester U.

1986 Dr. Mildred Barnes

1987 Cathy Rush, Immaculata Coll.

1988 Hunter Low, Eastman Kodak Co.

1989 Pat Summitt, U. of Tennessee

1990 Bertha F. Teague

1991 Alberta Cox

1992 Harley Redin, Wayland Baptist U.

1993 Patsy Neal

1994 Marcy Weston, Central Michigan U.

1995 Billie Moore

1996 Carole Baumgarten

1997 Lea Plarski

1998 Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia

1999 Betty Wiseman, Belmont (Tenn.) U.

1999 WBCA Annual Awards Program


$1000 award to each of two players who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to women's basketball and academic excellence.

Winners: Stephanie White-McCarty, Purdue University (not pictured); Carrie Moss, Oklahoma Baptist U.


A $500 scholarship presented to a player who intends to pursue a career in law.

Winner: Marissa Hesse, Austin College (TX)


To an outstanding female graduate assistant coach who is committing herself to her profession in the new millennium.

Winner: Linda Riedman, University of Portland


To an outstanding administrator who promotes women's basketball and serves as a professional role-model for student athletes.

Winner: Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's University (PA)


To the nation's top player 5'8" tall or under.

Winner: Becky Hammon, Colorado State University


To an active WBCA coach who best demonstrates the character of the late Carol Eckman, the founder of the collegiate women's basketball national championship.

Winner: Susan Summons, Miami Dade CC (FL)


To a member of the media who has displayed a commitment to the role of the media in promoting the women's game.

Winner: Ann Meyers-Drysdale


A $1000 scholarship presented by W.I.S.E. to a graduating female who intends to pursue a career in sports communications/journalism.

Winner: Lindsay McNeill, Texas Lutheran University

WBCA Special Programs


Sponsored by Phoenix Home Life Mutual Insurance Co. and presented by Nike, the Phoenix/WBCA High School All-America Game matches the country's top 20 female high school seniors in a college-style regulation game televised on ESPN2. The 10-member selection committee also selects 20 additional players as honorable mention All-Americans. The committee receives input from 19,000 coaches who receive nominating forms during the season.

Presented by Nike


For two straight seasons, WBCA has hosted a certified NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament featuring four of the nation's top programs. The 1999 Secret Four in the Fall, presented by Tampax Satin, was played at nationally-ranked Texas Tech, In addition to the host, three other Top 25 programs participated: Louisiana State, North Carolina, and UCLA. Lifetime Television for Women aired both contests live from Texas Tech's new United Spirit Center.


The Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge is the newest stellar event on the WBCA calendar. The Association and the American Cancer Society (ACS) hosted the two-day event last November in Hartford, Conn. Four outstanding programs took part including host Connecticut along with Clemson, Kentucky, and Old Dominion. UConn beat Kentucky (68-62) and ODU (109-60) to capture the inaugural challenge.
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