After more than 30 years of coaching, University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point head women’s basketball coach Shirley Egner has many
stories to tell.
The winningest coach in
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) history, Egner will give a
free presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, as part of the year-long
“Access to Opportunity” lecture series at UW-Stevens Point. Her talk, “Personal
Reflections on Title IX and Women’s Collegiate Basketball,” will be held in the Laird Room at the Dreyfus University Center at
UW-Stevens Point and will explore the history of women’s basketball from high
school to professional-level teams. The public is invited to attend.
The lecture series marks UW-Stevens Point’s hosting of
the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Final Four in March 2014, and centers
on the “Access to Opportunity” that Title IX gave to young women playing
“Title IX impacted my journey as a player, a teacher and
a coach,” said Egner. “There have been many changes from my first year at
UW-Stevens Point in 1989 to where we are now.”
Egner is in her 25th season at UW-Stevens
Point, and has a 457-189 overall record. Over the last 10 seasons, she has
guided the Pointers to an average of 23 wins per season. Led by Egner, the
Pointers won the 2001-02 national Division III championship in 2002 and became
the eighth team in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III
history to win 30 games in a season.
Egner is a four-time WIAC Coach of the Year honoree, and
was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in
2010. She also was the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division III
Coach of the year in 2010, 2011 and 2012. A native of McFarland, she has
coached at Shiocton, Monona Grove and Waunakee high schools.