COACH LETA ANDREWS HONORED AT RETIREMENT CELEBRATION
June 2, 2014
Leta Andrews, coach of the Lady Pirate basketball team at Granbury High School, was honored at a retirement celebration on June 1, 2014, at GHS.
Andrews announced that she was retiring at the end of the school year following the conclusion of the basketball season in February.
The legendary coach’s career spans 52 years and includes 1,416 wins. She also led the Class 4A state championship team during her twelve-year tenure at Calallen High School. During her career, she took 14 teams to the state tournament.
Andrews became the winningest high school basketball coach ever on December 7, 2010, when the Lady Pirates defeated visiting Midlothian 64-45 on the very court named in the coach’s honor. With the win, Andrews surpassed former Fort Worth Dunbar coach Robert Hughes as the record-holder.
Having begun her career at Tolar in 1962, Andrews later coached in Gustine (1963-1965), Comanche (1965-1976), Corpus Christi Calallen (1980-1992), and Granbury (1976-1980, 1992-2014).
Her hard work and long career have already brought membership in six halls of fame: Coastal Bend Coaches Hall of Honor, National High School Hall of Fame, Texas Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Andrews has received numerous other awards over her career. In 2011, she was recognized by the Texas Legislature and by the University Interscholastic League at the state basketball tournament in recognition of her historic accomplishment in achieving the record for most victories by a high school basketball coach. Later that year, she was immortalized in the Ripley’s Believe Or Not! comic strip.
The coach was honored in October 2009 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 March 2007, she was selected as inaugural recipient of the Morgan Wootten Lifetime Achievement Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Andrews also was selected the Most Outstanding American Teacher-Coach of the Year by the Walt Disney Company in 1993.