Egner to speak as part of Title IX lecture series
10/1/2013
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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 scholastic sports.

“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.

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