In October of 2011 we honored Jody Conradt as our chosen Legend. Jody was the first women’s basketball coach to reach 700 victories at the collegiate level! She is a true role model and trailblazer for leaders and women everywhere. She is also the first women’s basketball coach to lead their team through an undefeated season to a victory at the NCAA national championship. She has achieved a 99 percent graduation rate for her team players and is the first women’s basketball coach to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. She encourages her players to pursue greatness both on and off the court, an endeavor well-represented by the 99 percent graduation rate among her team players and the numerous motivational and educational programs she has driven throughout her career.
In honor of her accomplishments, The University of Texas will tribute her with a 7-foot bronze statue inside the Longhorns’ basketball arena. The statue is being dedicated in her honor today, in a private ceremony, and its permanent location will be on the concourse at the Erwin Center. Conradt is just the second female public figure to have a statue dedicated on The University of Texas at Austin campus, joining civil rights champion and former U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan. The Conradt statue weighs 600 pounds and depicts her flashing the well-known “Hook’em Horns” hand signal. It was designed by New Jersey-based artist Brian Hanlon, the official sculptor for the Naismith Hall of Fame.
If you would like to read more about Jody’s RecognizeGood Legend ceremony, check out this blog page! Or watch the video below.