Illini Women’s Basketball Has Taken a Great Step With Fahay

faheyWhen University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman hired Nancy Fahay (pronounced FAY) to be Illinois’ head coach for women’s basketball, he hired a legend. Fahay coached the Washington University women’s basketball team for thirty one years. She posted 737 career wins for the Division III program, winning five NCAA Championships with ten final four appearances. She is in the Washington University Sports Hall of Fame, the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, and the Women’s Collegiate Hall of Fame. People have questioned whether Fahay can recruit for a Division I basketball program. I believe that she can. Fahay is a well known name in women’s college basketball, and well respected by her peers. I have no doubt that girl’s high school basketball coaches throughout the country are well aware of who she is. That is especially true in the Saint Louis area, where the coaches have been observing her teams over the years. And that is certainly true of the high school players around Saint Louis who have grown up watching Nancy Fahay teams play, now some of the best players from that area can have the chance to play for her. Fahay brought talented players to Washington University that she helped win, and she can do the same at Illinois.

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