GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina State coach Kay Yow and
Virginia coach Debbie Ryan, both battling cancer, received the Bob
Bradley Spirit and Courage Award during the Atlantic Coast
Conference tournament on Saturday.
Yow, who left the Wolfpack for two months to fight breast
cancer, has led them to 10 wins in 11 games since her return to the
bench. On Saturday, Yow's team upset undefeated and top-ranked Duke
to advance to the tournament final.
Yow, a Hall of Fame coach who led the U.S. women to an Olympic
gold medal in 1988, has been coaching for 36 seasons. Earlier this
year, she became the sixth Division I coach to reach the 700-win
Ryan, a seven-time ACC coach of the year, has 649 wins in 30
seasons at Virginia. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in
2000, and underwent surgery to remove a tumor.
The Bradley Award is named for former Clemson sports information
director Bob Bradley, who died in 2000 after a three-year battle
with bone cancer.
It's presented annually by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media
Association to a basketball player, coach or team administrator who
has overcome significant injury, illness or adversity.