Teresa Godwin Phelps was a noted and respected law professor for several decades, at Notre Dame and American University
But to the public at large, she was better known as the wife of legendary Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps.
She called her 1994 memoir The Coach’s Wife, a rumination on the joys and the frustrations of being in the shadow of such a public figure. And trying to navigate the sometimes-murky waters of college athletics.
Ironically, it was 50 years ago today, January 19, 1974 that Digger Phelps’s Notre Dame team recorded perhaps its greatest victory. That was the day that the Fighting Irish upset John Wooden’s UCLA, ending the Bruins’ 88-game winning streak.
So here now, from 1994 Teresa Godwin Phelps.
In 2019 Professor Phelps retired from Washington College of Law and is currently Professor Emerita.
Perhaps no one in modern North American sports history was as successful at building a dynasty as the legendary Red Auerbach.
First as head coach, then as president and general manager of the Boston Celtics, Auerbach racked up16 championships over a 29-year span.
A brilliant strategist on the court, Auerbach was just as brilliant in the front office as he built a franchise that not only attracted and kept the top talent in the league, but also attracted and kept millions of fans all over the world.
In 1991 Auerbach wrote a book called MBA: Management by Auerbach. And that’s when I had a few minutes with the man. So here now from 1991 Red Auerbach.
As UConn and San Diego State battle it out tonight for the NCAA men’s basketball title, today we are revisiting an interview I did a few years ago with the coach of a team that won one of the most thrilling NCAA victories ever.
Jim valvano was coach at North Carolina State when the team won the 1983 title in a thrilling game.
But by the end of the 1980s, valvano was out as NC State coach.
I met him in early 1991, when he wrote a book about his coaching experience.
So here now, from 1991, Jim valvano.
Jim valvano was diagnosed with cancer a little over a year after our interview, and he died in April of 1993, at the age of 47.
Last week the National Football League and its fans lost a truly iconic figure, Don Shula, the all-time winningest NFL coach, died at the age of 90.
I met Don Shula in 1995, just a few months before the start of what would be his final season coaching in the NFL. He had written a book on coaching and leadership, along with Ken Blanchard, the prolific author who [s best known for his book “The One Minute Manager.”
Here now, from 1995, Don Shula and Ken Blanchard:
To this day, the 1972 Miami Dolphins team that Don Shula coached is still the only team that’s ever put together a perfect, undefeated season.
If not for the coronavirus, this would have been Final Four weekend.
So, for you basketball-starved fans, let me share with you an intrerview I did some 20 years ago with the coach who took his team to the Final Four eleven times during his 36 seasons with the University of North Carolina.
Dean Smith was one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history, including:
.. 22 seasons with at least 25 wins
.. 35 consecutive seasons with a 50% or better record.
.. and two national championships.
Smith was also Michael Jordan’s college coach.
Here now, from 1999, my interview with Dean Smith:
Dean Smith died in 2015, just days before his 84th birthday.