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    • 978-1-4602-3031-2
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    • Black & White interior
    • 392 pages
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  • Keywords
    • Women's Basketball,
    • Title IX,
    • Baylor University,
    • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ,
    • Bearette or Lady Bears,
    • Texas,
    • Big 8 or Big 12 Athletic Conference

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Before Brittney
A Legacy of Champions
by Dr. Nancy R. Goodloe

This book is about champions in women’s athletics at Baylor University–the champions who competed, the champions who coached, the champions who provided the advocacy and leadership for the women’s athletic program, and the champions who have brought Baylor’s women’s athletic program to the national prominence it enjoys in 2012. It’s also about the champions in women’s intercollegiate athletics whose struggles to attain national recognition and implement national championships for women endured from the 1930s through the 1970s. These champions fought hard to retain the early values of sport for women and provided strong leadership through the AIAW until the day they lost their battle with the NCAA for control of women’s intercollegiate athletics. When did women’s athletic opportunities begin at Baylor University? Who were the Baylor Bearettes? Who were the early leaders in women’s athletics at Baylor, the coaches, the players? Through the lenses of those who were there (including the author), those who played, those who advocated for women’s equity, and those who made it happen, these questions are answered in this book. For the first time the story is told of the Baylor women’s sports program and its rise to national prominence.

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Nancy Goodloe is a Lady Bear sports fan. Her love of the Baylor women’s sports program runs deep and spans five decades. Goodloe received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Baylor University, 1968–1969 and became a member of the Baylor University faculty in the fall 1969. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Oregon in 1978 and returned to the Baylor faculty. She retired from Baylor University as an Emeritus Professor of Health Education in 2000. As an undergraduate, she was a Baylor Bearette, participating on the basketball, track and field, badminton, and golf teams. From 1969–1976 she split her time between coaching Bearettes in volleyball, track and field, and badminton, assisting Olga Fallen, Women’s Athletic Coordinator, and teaching in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In the mid-seventies, she brought athletic training services to Baylor’s female athletes and trained the first two female athletic trainers at Baylor University. During her 31-year tenure on the Baylor faculty, Nancy also served as a member of the Women’s Athletic Cabinet and the Faculty Athletic Council. Dr. Goodloe lives in Ellensburg, Washington where she is active as a community volunteer.


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