Theresa Grentz

Career Record:671–309
  • 1974
  • 1976 - 1995
  • 1995 - 2007
  • St. Joesph's
  • Rutgers
  • Illinois
  • 27–5
  • 434-150
  • 210-156

Theresa Grentz is the former head coach of the women's basketball program at the University of Illinois, Rutgers University and St. Josephs. She is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame with an overall career record of 671-309 in 32 years as head coach. She was the Olympic head coach in 1992; the team captured the Bronze medal in Barcelona, Spain.

While a student at Immaculata, Theresa Grentz played for the Mighty Macs and, under coach Cathy Rush, led the team to three straight AIAW National Championships between 1972 and 1974. The 1974 title game was the first ever live coverage of a US women's basketball game. She scored over 1,000 points, and earned First Team All-America status three times. Immaculata retired her jersey, number 12. She was named the AMF Collegiate Player of the Year.

During her four years at the Pennsylvanian college, the Mighty Macs won three AIAW National Championships, from 1972-74. Grentz scored more than 1,000 career points for the Mighty Macs and was named a first team All-American for three consecutive years. She was named the 1974 AMF Collegiate Player of the Year and had her No. 12 jersey retired by Immaculata. The Mighty Macs, as a team were inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2014.

Grentz played before the first ever television audience of women's basketball when Immaculata won its third title on March 23, 1974.

Won Three Consecutive AIAW National Championships as a Player at Immaculata College


1990 Gold Medal at the FIBA World Championship for Women


1990 Gold Medal at the Goodwill Games


1985 Gold Medal at the William Jones Cup


1992 Olympic Bronze in Barcelona, Spain


1973 Silver Medal World University Games Moscow, Soviet Union

1974 AMF Collegiate Player of the Year


Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 2001


1987—Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year


2007—Carol Eckman Award

Grentz owns her own basketball academy: Grentz Elite Coaching located in West Chester, Pennsylvania

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