May 13, 1941 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Sam Houston State
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1998 (profile)
Jody Conradt (born May 13, 1941) is a retired women's basketball coach. She was the head coach for the women's team at University of Texas at Austin (UT). Her coaching career spanned 38 years, with the last 31 years at UT from 1976 to 2007. She also served concurrently as the UT women's athletic director from 1992 to 2001. During her tenure at UT, she achieved several notable personal and team milestones in collegiate basketball. At retirement, she had tallied 900 career victories, second place in all time victories for a NCAA Division I basketball coach.
High school and college
She was born in Goldthwaite, Texas, United States to Ann and Charles Conradt. Both her parents were athletic, with her mother playing competitively on a local softball team, and her father playing semi-pro baseball. She was a standout basketball player at Goldthwaite High School (Texas), where she averaged 40 points per game. Many people growing up in Goldthwaite stayed there, according to Condradt, but she got a sense that one could have larger ambitions when a Goldthwaite native, Marie Reynolds, joined the All American Red Heads Team a barnstorming basketball team which played throughout the United States and around the world. After high school, she played collegiate basketball at Baylor University, earning a degree in physical education in 1963. She finished her collegiate basketball career averaging 20 points per game. After graduation, she taught and coached at Waco Midway High School and earned her master's degree from Baylor in 1969.
Prior to her career at UT she served as women's basketball head coach at Sam Houston State University from 1969 to 1973, where her teams had a record of 74–23. Then she coached at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1973 to 1976, where her teams had a record of 43–39.
In 1975, in response to Title IX, the University of Texas created a separate women's athletic department. In 1976, they hired Donna Lopiano to become the first woman's athletic director. The following year, Lopiano hired Conradt to become the coach of the woman's basketball team. Conradt had attracted national attention while at the University of Texas at Arlington. After two losing seasons, they went 23–11 in the 1975–76 seasons, upsetting powerful opponents. Texas planned to bring the woman's program to national prominence, and they felt Conradt was the right coach for the job. Teams coached by Condradt were using tactics not seen in many other places, such as full court pressure, double low posts and a transition game.
In Conradt's first season, the team went 36–10. The team was ranked in the AP top ten in the nation all but one year in the 1980s, including a string of four years 1984–1988, where they earned the number one in the nation ranking. The success translated into fan support—the team was averaging 7,500 fans per game by the end of the 1980s, including such state and national leaders as future governor Ann Richards and US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.
In the 1985 NCAA tournament, the Lady Longhorns lost a heart-breaking game to Western Kentucky 92–90. Watching the game was highly recruited Clarissa Davis, who had not yet decided where to go to school. She resolved to go to Texas, and help them. The following year, Texas would win the national championship with the first undefeated women's season, with a record of 34–0. Although Davis wasn't a starter on the team, she ended up earning the tournament most valuable player award.
In 38 seasons her head coaching record was 900–306. Her 900 career victories is second only to that of Pat Summitt. During her tenure at UT, her record was 783–245. Between January 1978, and January 1990, Conradt's Lady Longhorns did not lose a Southwest Conference game, a streak of 183 consecutive conference victories. From 1986 to 1991, Texas was the women's basketball attendance leader, including an NCAA record average of 8,481 for one season.
Over her career, Conradt has coached:
- 28 players who went on to play professionally
- four US Olympians
- three players who earned a combined 13 national player of the year honors
- eight Kodak All-Americans
Conradt was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. She is only the second woman inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame. She was succeeded as UT women's basketball head coach by Gail Goestenkors, the former women's basketball head coach at Duke University.
In 2008, Conradt was honored, along with Dick Vitale, by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, with the Naismith Award, an honor presented annually that "pays tribute to the individuals who have made a significant impact on women’s and men’s college basketball".
Awards and honors
- 1984—Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year
- 1986—Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year
- 1998—Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
- 1995—International Women's Sports Hall of Fame
- International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame
- Texas Women's Hall of Fame
- 1997—Texas Sports Hall of Fame
- UT Women's Athletics Hall of Honor
- Carol Eckman Award - Women's Basketball Coaches Association (1987)
- Outstanding Commitment to Women's Athletics - National Association for Girls and Women in Sports (1991)
- Harvey Penick Award for Excellence in the Game of Life - Caritas of Austin (2003)
- CASEY Award - Kansas City Sports Association (2004)
- Conference Coach of the Year - 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996, 2003, 2004
- National Coach of the Year - 1980, 1984, 1986, 1997, 2003, 2004
- Lifetime Achievement Award - 2010 by National Association Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA)
- First women's basketball collegiate coach to reach 700 career victories
- Coached first NCAA Division I women's basketball team to an undefeated season and an NCAA National Championship (1986)
- First active women's basketball collegiate coach (and second overall after trophy namesake Margaret Wade) to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- 99% graduation rate for the individuals on her teams 
Head coaching record
|Sam Houston State Bearkats (Independent) (1969–1973)|
|1969–70||Sam Houston State||17–2|
|1970–71||Sam Houston State||18–7|
|1971–72||Sam Houston State||19–7|
|1972–73||Sam Houston State||20–7|
|Sam Houston State:||74–23|
|Texas–Arlington Mavericks (Independent) (1973–1976)|
|Texas Longhorns (Independent) (1976–1982)|
|1976–77||Texas||36–10||AIAW – 3rd (Regionals)|
|1977–78||Texas||29–10||AIAW – 5th (Regionals)|
|1978–79||Texas||37–4||AIAW – 3rd (Regionals)|
|1979–80||Texas||33–4||AIAW – 7th (National)|
|1980–81||Texas||28–8||AIAW – 3rd (Regionals)|
|Texas Longhorns (Southwest Conference) (1982–1996)|
|1982–83||Texas||30–3||8–0||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1983–84||Texas||32–3||16–0||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1984–85||Texas||28–3||16–0||1st||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1986–87||Texas||31–2||16–0||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1987–88||Texas||32–3||16–0||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1988–89||Texas||27–5||16–0||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1989–90||Texas||27–5||15–1||T–1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1990–91||Texas||21–9||14–2||2nd||NCAA 1st Round|
|1991–92||Texas||21–10||13–4||2nd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1992–93||Texas||22–8||15–2||T–1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1993–94||Texas||22–9||13–4||3rd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1995–96||Texas||21–9||13–1||T–1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|Texas Longhorns (Big 12 Conference) (1996–2007)|
|1996–97||Texas||22–8||12–4||T–2nd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1998–19||Texas||16–12||10–6||4th||NCAA 1st Round|
|1999–2000||Texas||21–13||9–7||6th||NCAA 1st Round|
|2000–01||Texas||20–13||7–9||7th||NCAA 1st Round|
|2001–02||Texas||22–10||10–6||5th||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2002–03||Texas||29–6||15–1||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|2003–04||Texas||30–5||14–2||T–1st||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2004–05||Texas||22–9||13–3||2nd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|Texas (Big 12):||225–120||110–66|
|Texas–Arlington Mavericks (Independent) (1973–1975)|
|Texas Longhorns (Independent) (1976–1977)|
|1976||Texas||28–19–5||AIAW National Qualifier|
- Porter p. 86
- Skaine, p. 119
- Porter p. 87
- Skaine, p. 120
- Grundy p. 202–208
- Schultz, Tracy (13 March 2007). "For love of the game". SI.com. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
- "Jody Conradt and Dick Vitale Selected as Naismith Award Winners". Naismith Awards. 14 March 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
- "Hall of Famers". Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- "Past Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coaches of the Year". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014.
- Skaine, p. 121
- "Carol Eckman Award". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014.
- "Conradt honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by NACWAA - TEXAS LONGHORNS Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 20 June 2010.
- Grundy, Pamela; Susan Shackelford (2005). Shattering the Glass. The New Press. p. 175. ISBN 1-56584-822-5.
- David L. Porter, ed. (2005). Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-30952-6.
- Skaine, Rosemarie (2001). Women College Basketball Coaches. Foreword by Betty F. Jaynes. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland. ISBN 9780786409204.
- Basketball Hall of Fame profile
- University of Texas coaches profile
- Texassports.com: Conradt steps aside from coaching 3/12/07
- Hall of Famer Conradt resigns at Texas: AP 3/12/07