It's All in the Game: The Leta Andrews Story
About This Episode
Narrated by NBA Basketkball Hall of Famer Bill Walton, It's All in the Game profiles Leta Andrews, the all-time winningest high school basketball coach in U.S. history. During her career, Andrews posted 1,416 wins and received numerous honors and awards.
In the 1960s, Andrews entered the coaching profession, an era before Title IX became law in 1972. Her early career has been described as an anomaly because most, if not all, of her high school coaching competitors were men. During those days, Andrews had to constantly prove herself. Players recognized the coach as a tough, demanding coach who expected the best from her “young ladies” - both on-and-off the court. Andrews witnessed firsthand the evolution of girls basketball, including the change from half court to full court, from a six- to a five-player game, and the creation of the 3-point shot. Her determination, rise from poverty, and the trials and tribulations along the way make quite a story for a rich and engaging biography.
In 2014, at the age of 76, Andrews retired after 52 years of coaching girls basketball. Over the course of her impressive career, she led her teams to 16 state Final Four appearances, and a state championship title in 1990. Andrews was also inducted into the National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and was named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.