Gail Goestenkors

Gail Goestenkors
Gail Goestenkors
Goestenkors in March 2009
Sport(s) Women's basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Texas
Record 22-11 (10-6)
Annual salary $1,040,000
Biographical details
Born February 26, 1963 (1963-02-26) (age 48)
Place of birth United States Waterford, Michigan
Playing career
1981-1985 Saginaw Valley State
Position(s) Point Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985 - 1986
1986 - 1992
1992 - 2007
2007 - present
Iowa State (grad. asst.)
Purdue (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 460–134 (.779)
Accomplishments and honors

Gail Ann Goestenkors (born February 26, 1963 in Waterford, Michigan), is the women's basketball head coach for The University of Texas, having accepted the position on April 3, 2007, replacing the legendary Jody Conradt. Goestenkors was the Duke University women's basketball head coach from 1992–2007. During her tenure at Duke, she led the Blue Devils to 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, 10 consecutive appearances in at least the Sweet Sixteen (1997–2007), and an NCAA-record seven consecutive 30-win seasons from 2000-2007.[1]

Goestenkors attended Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, where she played under future Purdue head coach Marsha Reall. After graduating in 1985, Goestenkors became a graduate assistant coach at Iowa State. After one season, she left to become an assistant coach at Purdue under Lin Dunn, where she remained until becoming head coach at Duke in 1992.

Goestenkors accumulated an impressive record at Duke and is one of the most accomplished women's basketball coaches in the nation. She received recognition as the ACC Coach of the Year a record 7 times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007). In the 2001-02 season, Goestenkors led the Blue Devils to the first undefeated regular season in ACC women's basketball history — a feat she would repeat two other times during her tenure at Duke (2003, 2007). During her final ten seasons at Duke, Goestenkors led the Blue Devils to NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearances every year, seven Elite Eight appearances, four Final Four appearances, and two appearances in the NCAA Championship game. During her tenure, her teams won five ACC tournament championships and eight ACC regular season titles. Goestenkors holds the ACC record for fewest games required to achieve 300 wins (387 games).


NCAA Tournaments

Goestenkors' 1998-99 Duke team finished in second place, losing to the Carolyn Peck-coached Purdue Lady Boilermakers in the championship game. Along the way, Duke defeated the Tennessee Lady Vols in the Elite Eight, spoiling Chamique Holdsclaw's bid for a clean sweep of the National Championship (Holdsclaw had starred on Tennessee's National Championship teams as a freshman, sophomore and junior).

Goestenkors' 2004-05 squad made the NCAA Elite Eight and posted a 31-5 record despite the loss of National Player of the Year Alana Beard to graduation.

In 2003-04 with Beard leading the way, the Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, boasted a 30-4 record, won a fifth-straight ACC Tournament championship and fourth-straight ACC regular season title. and broke the University of Connecticut's 69-game home winning steak with a 68-67 comeback victory in Hartford, Connecticut.

Goestenkors led the Blue Devils to an ACC-record 35-2 ledger in 2002-03 and their second straight NCAA Final Four appearance. For the second consecutive year, Duke posted a 19-0 record against ACC opponents. The 2001-02 season produced similar success. She led the Blue Devils to a 31-4 record and an NCAA Final Four appearance. Duke became the first ACC school to produce an undefeated 19-0 record in the ACC by winning the regular season and Tournament titles. The Blue Devils in 2000-01 posted a 30-4 record, won ACC Tournament and ACC regular season championships and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The 2006-2007 season ended with a 32-2 record and notched her school's first ever undefeated regular season. She is often known as the "winningest coach not to have won a championship", being runner-up two times in fifteen years.[citation needed]


  • Associated Press National Coach of the Year (2007)
  • ACC Coach of the Year (1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007)
  • WBCA District Coach of the Year (1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • USA Basketball National Coach of the Year (2006)
  • WBCA/Rawlings National Coach of the Year (2003)
  • Victor Award Coach of the Year (1999, 2003)
  • Naismith National Coach of the Year (2003)
  • Coach of the Year (2002)
  • Basketball Times Coach of the Year (2000)
  • US Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Coach of the Year award (2007)[2]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Duke (ACC) (1992–2007)
1992–1993 Duke 12–15 3–13 9th
1993–1994 Duke 16–11 7–9 5th
1994–1995 Duke 22–9 10–6 4th NCAA Second Round
1995–1996 Duke 26–7 12–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
1996–1997 Duke 19–11 9–7 T–3rd NCAA Second Round
1997–1998 Duke 24–8 13–3 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1998–1999 Duke 29–7 15–1 1st NCAA Runner-Up
1999–2000 Duke 28–6 12–4 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–2001 Duke 30–4 13–3 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2001–2002 Duke 31–4 16–0 1st NCAA Final Four
2002–2003 Duke 35–2 16–0 1st NCAA Final Four
2003–2004 Duke 30–4 15–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2004–2005 Duke 31–5 12–2 T–1st NCAA Elite Eight
2005–2006 Duke 31–4 12–2 T–2nd NCAA Runner-Up
2006–2007 Duke 32–2 14–0 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Duke: 396–99
Texas (Big 12) (2007–present)
2007–2008 Texas 21–12 7–9 T–7th NCAA Second Round
2008–2009 Texas 21–12 8-8 6th NCAA First Round
2009–2010 Texas 22–11 10-6 T-4th NCAA First Round
2010–2011 Texas 19–14 7-9 7th NCAA First Round
Texas: 83–49
Total: 479–148

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion


Personal life

Goestenkors' ex-husband is Mark Simons, an assistant coach for the Auburn women's basketball team.


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