Garmon to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

March 6, 2018

FORT WORTH – Hall of Famer and former TCU women’s basketball head coach Fran Garmon will receive the 2018 Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her lifelong commitment of service to women’s basketball, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced recently.

Garmon was TCU’s head coach for 10 seasons, all in the Southwest Conference, spanning 1983-93. She is the second longest tenured coach in program history and has the second most wins in program history.

Inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, Garmon coached at Temple Junior College and Delta State University before coming to Fort Worth. She was a founding member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors and served as the president of that board, as well as the president of the WBCA.

In addition to her collegiate coaching, Garmon also served as head coach for U.S. teams at the 1979 World University Games and the 1983 Pan American Games, winning gold medals in both. Her international experience also includes stints as an assistant with the USA Select Team in 1978, manager for the 1981 USA Junior National Team, head coach of the 1982 USA National Team and assistant coach for the 1983 World Championship team.

Garmon will be formally honored during the 2018 WBCA Convention that will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio.

The Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the late Senda Berenson, who in her role as a physical education instructor at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, introduced “basketball” to her female gym students in 1892. Her actions marked the birth of the women’s game, occurring the year following basketball’s invention by Dr. James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts. The award has been presented annually since 1984.



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