Lynne Agee currently stands at 599 career wins, one shy of her 600th career victory. CW spoke with the women’s basketball coach last week, and it was clear she was interested in talking about her players, not about career wins.
“This is not a goal,” she said, adding that everyone wants to win. But the players win the games. “They have to put the ball in the hole.”
“It’s an honor, that I’m approaching this milestone,” she’d said. It speaks to the quality of the players and the program, she said. “I’m indebted to them.”
She quickly moved the topic to this year’s team, and the challenge at hand.
It’s a special team, “a hard-working team.”
The three seniors on the team, Monique Floyd, Kendra Smith and Amanda Leigh, are a special group. “Big hearts, these three seniors.”
Monique Floyd was SoCon defensive player of the year as a sophomore, and in addition to her tenacious defense has been their leading scorer this year. “Clearly our go-to player,” Agee said. “[She] takes it on her shoulders.”
On Monday, Jan. 31, Floyd reached the 1,000 point mark for her career.
As Agee spoke with CW last week, the team had just completed its first round of SoCon play. They won their first five and currently stand at 7-6 in the SoCon. At the same time, she has secured two great guard recruits for next year to blend with a maturing group of post players, who are gaining experience as the season progresses. The team looks good for the next few years, she said.
Why is she a coach? She has always been a teacher, she said – “all I wanted to be.” Her degree was in Phys Ed. She taught high school phys ed for seven years and began to coach tennis and basketball at a college.
With coaching, more so than with regular school teaching, you get to share what’s going on in the young persons’ lives, she said.
There’s a bond.
“Like the surrogate mom – we’re someone they can come to.”
Her focus is not on milestones – it’s on the challenge at hand.
As for the prospective 600-career-victory milestone – one that only 13 active Division I women’s basketball coaches possess?
“I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve had terrific players.”
All women’s basketball games are free for faculty and staff with UNCG ID.
You have several more opportunities to cheer on the players and Agee, including the next home game, which features a special offer for faculty and staff:
- Monday, Feb. 7, at noon, “Faculty/staff lunch with the Spartans” Faculty and staff are invited for a free lunch on Monday, Feb. 7, at noon as UNCG hosts Western Carolina in Fleming Gym. The free lunch will be provided during pregame to all faculty and staff who RSVP by Feb. 4 to Lauren Beasley at email@example.com. All faculty and staff receive free admission to all women’s basketball regular-season home games. Lunch will be offered starting at 11 a.m. – you can get it on the second floor then enjoy it as you watch the game – and continue through halftime.
- Saturday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m., PinkZone breast cancer awareness – The team hosts the College of Charleston, as all donations collected will benefit breast cancer research. Giveaways for the first fans to arrive will include pink T-shirts and pink pom-poms.
- Saturday, Feb. 19, Chattanooga at 2 p.m. – Special recognition of three seniors (Senior Day), plus it’s the annual Pack the House Challenge
- Monday, Feb. 21, Samford at 3 p.m. – Final home game of season
By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy UNCG Athletics