This morning, as I was driving into the studio, I received a phone call. The person on the other end asked me if I had heard that Coach Yow had passed away this morning. I was not shocked, but saddened by this news. Although I was never fortunate enough to meet this fantastic person, it saddened me deeply. Coach Yow had been with the Wolfpack for as long as I could remember, in fact for the large part of my life she helped change Women's College Basketball. She was an icon for the sport, for women and children alike.
After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, the majority of her fight against the disease was public. She shared her ordeal so others receiving the same or worse diagnosis(s) would have the courage to fight. Just when you thought she'd overcome her battle with breast cancer, it'd try to knock her down, even until the disease ultimately took her life this morning, it never, ever knocked her down. She always had fight. She always had a positive spin and attitude to place on any given situation.
As a coach, she had achieved so much on the court, an Olympic Gold Medal, ACC Championships, Final Four appearances.
As a person, she's made a permanent impact in many people's lives to give them the courage in their darkest hours, to continue their fight.
Thank you Coach Yow for everything you did. Thank you for being you. Thank you for having a voice. Thank you for never giving up.
You were truely an inspiration.
May you rest in peace.