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125th Spring Commencement
Jody Conradt
Jody Conradt

Commencement Speaker

Jody Conradt grew from roots nurtured by the values of a small town in Texas to become one of the giants of women’s college basketball and athletics administration. Named as only the second woman ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, she was not only a pioneer, but a durable and dynamic leader who gave credibility and stature to her sport during 31 years as the head women’s basketball coach at The University of Texas at Austin. Her 1986 team finished an unbeaten season as NCAA champions, and 99 per cent of her letter winners throughout her career went on to earn their college degrees. In 38 years as a head coach at the college level (UT 1976 – 2007, UT-Arlington 1973-76, Sam Houston State 1969-73) and dual role as director of women’s athletics at Texas (1992-2001), Conradt’s teams won 900 games, making the Goldthwaite, Texas native the No. 2 all-time winningest coach in collegiate men’s or women’s basketball when she retired following the 2007 season.