Bibbs’ Legacy Is Recognized In Philly

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 5, 2008

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina A&T women’s basketball coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs has been giving her trophy case a workout over the last year. She will need to utilize the trophy case again after last Friday night when she was honored by the Black Women In Sports Foundation.

Bibbs was honored as one of the organizations’ Legends along with Dr., Diane Shropshire, a former Stanford basketball standout and current medical doctor. The reception took take place at the Mitchell and Titus offices in Philadelphia back on Friday, October 3rd.

“We started noticing coach Bibbs a while back because she recruited here in the Philadelphia area when she was at Hampton, and she has done well in this area since being at A&T,” said Michael G. Horsey, a member of the BSWF board of directors.

“We noticed the way she shaped the lives of those young ladies and the way she continues to shape the lives of young black women. When you add to that to the remarkable job she has done as a head coach, this really was an easy decision for our board.”

BWSF, an organization located in Philadelphia, Pa., was founded in 1992. It is dedicated to facilitating the involvement of Black women in every aspect of sport in the United States and around the world through the “hands-on” development and management of grass roots level outreach programs.

Junior Lamona Smalley, a member of the 2008 MEAC all-tournament team, is a Philadelphia native entering her third season as a starter under Bibbs at N.C. A&T. The Aggies have two other players from the state of Pennsylvania. But Bibbs is not going in simply because she has recruited the Pennsylvania area.

Bibbs is one of only two coaches at a historically black college or university with more than 400 Division I wins. She enters season No. 24 with 422 wins, 11 conference regular-season championships, nine conference tournament championships, nine coach of the year honors and 11 20-win seasons.

In the last year, she won her 400th game, led the Aggies to the MEAC regular-season championship, won MEAC Coach of the Year, won the YWCA Empowerment Award, was the first woman to be named a Grambling Legend and was inducted into the Grambling Hall of Fame.

“BSWF is a great honor because they recognize individuals who normally wouldn’t be recognized for their accomplishments,” said Bibbs. “There are a lot of great things happening at schools that are not what you consider ‘high profile’ programs.”

“It’s organizations like BSWF that make sure those things don’t go unnoticed. Meanwhile, they do a great job in encouraging young black women to follow their dreams while participating in sports.”