RALIEGH, NC – Six months after Hall of Fame Coach Kay Yow’s death, over 40 of her former players and coaching peers, including Nevada’s Jane Albright, joined together to keep her memory alive.
Their contributions and memories have been collected in the inspirational book Leader of the Pack: The Legacy of Legendary Coach Kay Yow, written by Stephanie Zonars.
Authorized by Coach Yow prior to her passing, Leader of the Pack chronicles her remarkable life through the eyes of Wolfpack women whose stories tell the lessons they learned from Yow. Each lesson ties to an inspirational story from the Bible, demonstrating how all that Coach Yow taught and modeled was rooted in timeless wisdom she garnered from her faith. A portion of the book’s proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund®.
Both raised in North Carolina, Albright tells in Leader of the Pack how she and Yow developed a special friendship. “In fact,” Albright remembers, “she traditionally joined my family for Christmas dinner each year in my hometown of Graham, North Carolina and time with her marked one of the highlights of our holiday.” Albright goes on to share two funny memories about time spent with Yow.
Leader of the Pack gives women who face life’s toughest challenges hope and inspiration. Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the Orlando Magic says, “Coach Yow continues to inspire us and always will. This collection of stories will add a huge dose of inspiration, motivation and hope to your life journey.”
No stranger to success on the court, Coach Yow amassed more than 700 wins en route to 20 NCAA Tournaments, 11 Sweet Sixteen appearances, and one trip to the Elite Eight and the Final Four. Yow coached the USA to the gold medal in the 1988 Olympics and was inducted into numerous halls of fame including the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Athletes in Action Hall of Faith. In 2007, she was awarded the inaugural Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance.