February 17, 2010


Leta Andrews, coach of the Lady Pirate Basketball team at Granbury High School, will be recognized at the state basketball tournament in March.


“We would like to recognize you for your years of service and commitment to athletics in the state of Texas and your service to the Texas Girls Coaches Association,” wrote University Interscholastic League officials in a letter to Andrews.


Part of a special UIL centennial celebration presentation, the recognition will be held Friday, March 5, 2010, during halftime of the Class 5A girls’ state semi-final game.  The tournament is being played at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.


Andrews was honored in October with the Bayard H. Friedman HERO Award by Score A Goal In The Classroom school incentive program for being the most outstanding girls’ basketball coach in Texas. 


In July, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Andrews will be inducted as part of the Class of 2010 during a ceremony on June 12, 2010, in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The coach was previously selected for membership in the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. 


In 2007, she was the inaugural recipient of the Morgan Wootten Lifetime Achievement Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  She also was selected the Most Outstanding American Teacher-Coach of the Year by the Walt Disney Company in 1993.


Having coached since 1962, Andrews holds the record for the most victories won by a girls’ high school basketball coach.  Over her career, she has led teams to 1,328 wins and is close to breaking the record for the most wins by any high school basketball coach.