A Year of Firsts

Despite a losing record, 1974 was a year of firsts for UT Women’s basketball. The team played for the first time in Gregory Gym, long the site of men’s basketball games. The Longhorn Band and cheerleaders also performed for the first time at a women’s game, trainers worked for the first time with the team, and the women’s roster was published in the men’s program. Lastly, and arguably the most important, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women was established operating on a first-year budget of $72,760.

Not to be forgotten was the first women’s basketball head coach and the first African-American head coach of any sport at UT, Rodney Page.  He coached the women’s basketball team from 1974 to 1976 and won 38 games. To learn more about Rodney Page’s time as the first head coach of Texas women’s basketball, check out Longhorn Network’s profile of Texas’s first Women’s Basketball head coach Rodney Page

You can also check out the Women’s Basketball All-Time Coaches which list all women’s basketball coaches from Rondey Page (1974 to 1976) to Vic Shaefer (2020 to present).