Leta Andrews

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Leta Mae Rains Andrews​

(Winningest high school girls' basketball coach
in U.S. history)​ Leta Andrews.jpg


Born July 7, 1937​
Place of birth missing

Resident of Granbury
Hood County, Texas, USA

Political Party Republican Party
Spouse David Earl Andrews (married c. 1956-2018, his death)

Children:
​ Linda Andrews Waggoner
Sharon Kay Andrews (wife of Lawrence Tiberia)
Lisa Andrews Parker
Four grandchildren
Alma mater:
Texas Wesleyan University (Class of 1962)

Religion Christianity

Leta Mae Rains Andrews, known as Leta Andrews (born July 7, 1937), [1] is the winningest high school basketball coach in U.S. history with 1,416 victories to her credit, a record unlikely to be toppled. She is an inductee of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the National Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Andrews led fifteen teams to state tournament berths over a 52-year coaching career that included stops in Tolar, Gustine, Comanche, Granbury, and Corpus Christi, Texas. In Corpus Christi, she coached at Calallen High School, at which she won her lone state title in 1990 with the team led by Amy Acuff, who finished fourth in the high jump at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.[2]

Andrews' story is told in the PBS production released in 2018, It’s All in the Game: The Leta Andrews Story, written and produced by Janet Kelly, a former professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. It's All in the Game is narrated by Bill Walton, the basketball Hall of Famer and three-time college player of the year for the University of California at Los Angeles.[3]

Andrews is also the subject of a feature which aired the weekend of March 14, 2020, on the syndicated travel series, Texas Country Reporter, hosted by Bob and Kelli Phillips. In the broadcast, Andrews told the Phillipses that hard work is essential to success in sports or any other field as well.

She was married for sixty-two years to David Earl Andrews (March 6, 1937 – March 28, 2018), who drove the bus transporting the girls from Granbury to out-of-town basketball games.[2] The couple had three daughters, all of whom survive their father, Linda Andrews Waggoner and husband John, Sharon Andrews and husband Lawrence Tiberia, and Lisa Andrews Parker and husband Michael.[4]Upon her death, Andrews will be interred beside her husband at Long Creek Cemetery in Granbury.[4]

Since her retirement in 2014, Andrews has operated in Granbury the Leta Andrews Hoop Camp, a training program for female basketball players.

References

  1. Leta Andrews, 82, Granbury, TX. Mylife.com. Retrieved on March 15, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Stephen Shroates (March 29, 2018). Longtime husband of former Granbury girls basketball coach Leta Andrews dies. Retrieved on March 15, 2020.
  3. Stephen Shroates (February 11, 2018). PBS profiles Leta Andrews, legendary high school basketball coach. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved on March 15, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 David Earl Andrews. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on March 15, 2020.