The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center

The UT Women’s Basketball and Intercollegiate Athletics Collection

A Finding Aid to the Collection at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports



Descriptive Summary

Creator: The University of Texas at Austin's Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department, 1976-2006
Title: The UT Women’s Basketball and Intercollegiate Athletics Collection (Jody Conradt papers)
Inclusive dates: 1976-2006
Abstract: In 1974, as one of the first major universities to move toward compliance with Title IX legislation, the University of Texas at Austin founded the Women's Intercollegiate Athletics program. From 1976 until 2007, Jody Conradt served as the head coach for the women’s basketball program, and, with Women’s Athletics Director Donna Lopiano and Sports Information Director Chris Plonksy, was instrumental in bringing the team to prominence. The UT Women’s Basketball and Intercollegiate Athletics Collection documents this time, focusing on the development of and the publicity surrounding the women’s basketball program between 1976 and 2006. The items in this collection include newspaper articles, magazines, promotional materials, game programs, player and game statistics, photographs, commemorative game balls, and media publications put out by the Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Department.
Extent: 25 Boxes, 1 Oversized Box, 168 Folders
Language: English
Repository: H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Jody Conradt was born in Goldthwaite, Texas on May 13, 1941. She attended Baylor University, where she played basketball while pursuing a degree in physical education, and graduated in 1963. After completing her master’s in 1969, Conradt accepted a position as head basketball coach at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas, and in 1973 became the basketball coach of the University of Texas at Arlington.

The University of Texas started the women’s athletics department in 1974, one of the first major universities to make serious moves toward complying with the recently passed Title IX law, and hired Donna Lopiano as director shortly thereafter. In 1976, upon hearing about Conradt’s success at UT Arlington, Lopiano hired Jody Conradt to be both the head coach of the UT women’s basketball team and the volleyball coach. Conradt worked closely with Lopiano and later Chris Plonsky, the current Women's Athletics Director, to build the University of Texas women’s basketball program and move it into a position of prominence.

Coming from a sports journalism background, Chris Plonsky held various positions within the Women’s Athletics Department at UT, starting in 1982 as the University’s Sports Information Director. She worked alongside Lopiano and coach Conradt to document, advocate for, and promote the women’s basketball program. When Lopiano left in 1990, coach Conradt became the new UT Women’s Athletics Director, a position she held in conjunction with her role as head coach until 2001, when she resigned in order to focus on coaching. Chris Plonsky was hired as the new Women’s Athletics Director that same year.

Lopiano planned for the Women’s Basketball to be the flagship program of the Women’s Athletics Department when she hired Conradt in 1976. Facing years of underfunding and competing with the popularity of the men’s athletic programs, Lopiano and Conradt worked to develop strong support for women’s basketball within the UT fan base. By welcoming press coverage and generating marketing material that provided a personal touch to the image of the team, Conradt cultivated a dedicated fan base that helped prove the value of women’s sports in UT athletics. As a coach, Conradt encouraged her players to be competitive and to play aggressively on the court, qualities not often embraced in women’s sports. Conradt also made a point to emphasize academics when she recruited players. Her commitment to supporting academic achievement is reflected in the 99 percent graduation rate among her players.

Team rivalries developed that often became a focal point of press. One such rivalry, well documented over the course of Conradt’s career, took place between the University of Tennessee and UT. Pat Summitt, the University of Tennessee coach, and her team enjoyed success and national prominence comparable to UT’s, and the two coaches reached similar career milestones in quick succession. Despite being rivals on the court, Pat Summit and Jody Conradt became close colleagues over the years, attending ceremonies held after their retirements that honored their respective sports careers.

During Jody Conradt’s 31-year career at the University of Texas, the program expanded significantly. Between 1978 and 1990, Conradt led the UT women’s basketball team to 183 consecutive wins against Southwest Conference teams, one of the longest winning streaks in college sports. In 1980, the team finished the season with 33 wins and only 4 losses. In 1986 the Lady Longhorns had a perfect season, winning the NCAA national championship with zero losses, the first time this had happened in NCAA history. Among the players that carried UT to victory were Anette Smith, Clarissa Davis, and Kamie Ethridge. Davis would go onto become the NCAA Tournament MVP for that year. Ethridge was voted consensus player of the year and was also honored with the Honda Broderick Cup Award as the Collegiate Women's Athlete of the Year. Despite a major knee injury, Smith scored a formidable number of points for the team that season, becoming the all-time leading scorer in Texas Basketball history.

After UT left the Southwest Conference for the Big 12 Conference in 1996, the team regularly competed in the top ten, winning the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 Big 12. Often compared to the Lady Longhorns of 1986, the team of the 2002-2003 season developed a devoted following. Despite opening in January ranked at number 17, they climbed the ranks toward the NCAA championship, finishing fifth in the nation. The team made it to the Final Four but fell behind in the final moments against Connecticut. That season, much like 1986, was notable for the strong team dynamic. Among the key players were Heather Schreiber, Stacy Stephens, and Jamie Carey, who started her college career at Stanford University but transferred to UT after recovering from a serious injury. All three would go on to play professionally in the Women’s National Basketball Association.

In addition to successes in national college basketball, Conradt and her players participated in international and post-collegiate competitions. In 1987, Conradt was head coach of the gold medal winning US team in the Pan American games. Four of her students have gone on to play for the US Olympic team, twenty-eight have played professionally in the Women's National Basketball Association, and three (Clarissa Davis, Edwina Brown, and Kamie Ethridge) have won the Wade Trophy, an honor awarded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for the best Women’s basketball player.

Coach Conradt received many awards and honors during her professional career. In 1997, Jody Conradt became the first female coach to win 700 games. With 900 career victories, 783 of which were at UT, she has the second strongest record of any female basketball coach to date. At the end of her career, she had won the National Coach of the Year six times, been inducted into both the Naismith Memorial and Women's Basketball halls of fame, and, in 2010, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators awarded her a Lifetime Achievement Award. A statue of her stands in the Frank Erwin Center.


Scope and Content

UT Women’s Basketball and Intercollegiate Athletics Collection (Jody Conradt papers): 25 Boxes, 1 Oversized Box, 168 Folders, 429 Newsletters, 227 Photographs, 161 Media Guides, 154 Programs, 90 Newspapers, 52 Magazines, 12 Basketballs, 9 Map Case Items, 4 Wallet Cards, 3 Items of Correspondence, 3 Brochures, 2 Trading Cards, 2 Senate Resolutions, 1 Magnet, no date, 1976 - 2006

The UT Women’s Basketball and Intercollegiate Athletics Collection documents the development of the women’s athletics program at UT, with a particular focus on the women’s basketball program between 1976 and 2006. The majority of the materials in the collection document the UT women's basketball program under Jody Conradt including: notable seasons, statistics, awards, and players. Some of the player records contain FERPA protected or other sensitive information and have been redacted. The items in this collection include newspaper articles, magazines, promotional materials, game programs, player and game statistics, photographs, media publications generated by the Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Department, and commemorative game balls.

The newspaper and newsletter articles document women's sports on the local, state, and national levels. Newsletters like True Orange report UT sports more broadly, covering the outcomes of specific games, roster and staff changes to teams, injury reports, and offseason news. Media guides provide summary information on the outcomes of individual seasons. This information includes player and staff biographies and statistics, season schedules and summaries, honors received by the team, box-scores for each game, Big 12 records, UT’s opponent information, and all-time basketball records within UT.

The Chris Plonsky series consists largely of informational and promotional materials, such as game programs and media guides, beginning in 1977 at Kent State and continuing until she left UT in 1986. Game and tournament programs provide history and statistics of the competing teams, tournament standings and brackets, season schedules, and information relating to coverage by the sports media.


Restrictions

Access

Access to the UT Women’s Basketball and Intercollegiate Athletics Collection is restricted to visitors of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports. The Stark Center welcomes access inquires and encourages research appointments. For more information, phone (512) 471-4890, email , or visit .

Restrictions on Use

The Stark Center retains the right to limit the use of the UT Women’s Basketball and Intercollegiate Athletics Collection under certain conditions. Access to student records containing information protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is restricted. Some restricted items may be available at the discretion of the Stark Center. Redacted versions of restricted materials have been provided when possible. No copies of any materials in the collection may be made without permission.

Copyright

The user is cautioned that the publication of any of the contents of this collection may be construed as constituting a violation of literary property rights. These rights derive from the principle of common law, affirmed in the 1976 copyright act, that the writer of an unpublished letter or other manuscript has the sole right to publish the contents thereof for the duration of the copyright. Unless he or she affirmatively parts with that right, the right descends to his or her legal heirs regardless of the ownership of the physical manuscript itself. It is the responsibility of an author or his publisher to secure permission of the owner of literary property rights in unpublished writing. This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Right To Privacy: Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center and the University of Texas at Austin assumes no responsibility.


Subject Index

Associations
Big 12 Conference
National College Athletic Association
NCAA
Southwest Conference
SWC
Women’s National Basketball Association
WNBA
Awards
Jody Conradt Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Wade Trophy
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Championships
Big 12 Conference
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Olympic Games
Pan American Games
Southwest Conference
Key Terms
71st Texas Legislature
Big 12 Conference
National College Athletic Association
Southwest Conference
Texas Senate Resolutions
Title IX
University of Texas at Austin, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
University of Texas at Austin, Intercollegiate Athletics for Women
Women’s National Basketball Association
Magazines
Media
Bumper Stickers
Posters
Trading Cards
Wallet Cards
Newsletters
Newspapers
People
Abernathy, Susan
Archer, Bill
Benson, Lloyd
Conradt, Jody
Carey, Jamie
Davis, Clarissa
Ethridge, Kamie
Lopiano, Donna
Plonsky, Chris
Schreiber, Heather
Smith, Annette
Smith, Pat
Stephens, Stacey
Tower, John
Sports
Basketball (women)
Cross Country (women)
Field Hockey (women)
Golf (women)
Gymnastics (men)
Gymnastics (women)
Softball
Swimming and diving (men)
Swimming and diving (women)
Tennis (men)
Tennis (women)
Track and Field (women)
Volleyball (women)
Universities
Iowa State University
Kent State University
University of Texas at Austin

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The University of Texas at Austin Athletics Media Relations Men’s Hall of Honor Collection, H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture & Sports, The University of Texas at Austin. [There is no space between H. & J.]

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2015 by Arely Alejandro, Maria C. Barker, Garrett Bruner, and A.L. Carson under the supervision of Brent Sipes. For information about the content of the collection, please write
info@starkcenter.org
or call 512-471-4890.

Text converted and EAD tagging provided by:

Collection was processed in 2015 Arely Alejandro, Maria C. Barker, Garrett Bruner, and A.L. Carson under the supervision of Brent Sipes. For information about the content of the collection, please write
info@starkcenter.org
, call 512-471-4890, or visit .


Collection Arrangement

Series 1: Jody Conradt, 1978-2006
(151 Folders)

Subseries: Basketball Records and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1976-2006
(125 Folders)
box folder
1 1 Inventory of Collection from Accession Record, January 20, 2011
(1 Folder)
2 Basketball Records, 1976-1977
(1 Folder)
3 Basketball Records, (Redacted Materials) 1977-1978
(1 Folder)
4 Basketball Records and Photographs, 1978-1979
(1 Folder)
5 Basketball Records, (Redeacted Materials) 1978-1979
(1 Folder)
6 Basketball Records and 1st Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guide with Letter to Parents, 1978-1979
(1 Folder)
7-8 Basketball Records and Photograph, 1979-1980
(2 Folders)
9 Basketball Records and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1979-1980
(1 Folder)
10 Basketball Records, 1979-1980
(1 Folder)
11 Basketball Records and Photographs, 1980-1981
(1 Folder)
12 Basketball Records and Photographs, 1981-1982
(1 Folder)
13 Basketball Records 1981-1982
(1 Folder)
14 Basketball Records and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1981-1982
(1 Folder)
15 Basketball Records and Photographs, 1982-1983
(1 Folder)
16 Basketball Records and Women's Basketball Game Programs, 1982-1984
(1 Folder)
oversizedbox folder
1 17 Photograph from Cyndi Taylor Krier to Jody Conradt, undated
(1 Folder)
box folder
2 1 Basketball Records and Record Book, 1982-1983
(1 Folder)
2 Basketball Records and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1982-1983
(1 Folder)
3 Women's Basketball Game Programs, 1982-1983
(1 Folder)
4-5 Basketball Records and Photographs, 1983-1984
(2 Folders)
6-7 Basketball Records and Women's Basketball Game Program, 1983-1984
(2 Folder)
8-13 Basketball Records and Photographs, 1984-1985
(6 Folders)
14 Basketball Records and Press Guide, 1985
(1 Folder)
box folder
3 1-3 Basketball Records and Photographs, 1985-1986
(3 Folders)
4 Basketball Records and NCAA Tournament Program, 1985-1986
(1 Folder)
5 Basketball Records and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1985-1986
(1 Folder)
6 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1985-1986
(1 Folder)
7 Basketball Records in Newsprint, March 31, 1986
(1 Folder)
8 Basketball Records, NCAA Tournament Program, Photographs, 1986-1987
(1 Folder)
9 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, and NCAA Tournament and Southwestern Conference Playoff Programs, 1986-1987
(1 Folder)
10-11 Basketball Records and Photographs, 1987-1988
(2 Folders)
12 Basketball Records and NCAA Conference Tournament Program, 1987-1988
(1 Folder)
13 Basketball Records and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1987-1988
(1 Folder)
14 Basketball Records, 1988
(1 Folder)
box folder
4 1 Basketball Records and Southwestern Conference Tournament Program, 1987-1988
(1 Folder)
2 Basketball Records and Photographs, 1988-1989
(1 Folder)
3 Basketball Records and NCAA Championship Guides, 1988-1989
(1 Folder)
4 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1988-1989
(1 Folder)
5 Basketball Records and Photographs, 1989-1990
(1 Folder)
6-7 Basketball Records and Congratulatory Senate Resolution 46, 1989-1990
(2 Folders)
8 Basketball Records, 1989-1990
(1 Folder)
9-10 Basketball Records, NCAA Tournament and Southwestern Conference Programs, and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1989-1990
(2 Folders)
11 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1989-1990
(1 Folder)
12 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1990-1991
(1 Folder)
box folder
5 1 Basketball Records and Photographs, 1990-1992
(1 Folder)
2-3 Basketball Records, 1991-1992
(2 Folders)
4 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1991-1992
(1 Folder)
5 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1992-1993
(1 Folder)
6 Basketball Records, 1992-1993
(1 Folder)
7-11 Basketball Records, 1993-1994
(5 Folders)
12 Basketball Records, Game Programs, and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1993-1994
(1 Folder)
13 Basketball Records and NCAA Tournament Program, 1993-1994
(1 Folder)
box folder
6 1 Basketball Records and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1993-1994
(1 Folder)
2-5 Basketball Records, 1994-1995
(4 Folders)
6 Basketball Records, Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, and Southwest Conference Tournament Program, 1994-1995
(1 Folder)
7-8 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides and Photographs 1995-1996
(2 Folders)
9 Basketball Records, 1995-1996
(1 Folder)
10 Basketball Records and NCAA Tournament and Southwest Conference Programs, 1995-1996
(1 Folder)
11 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1995-1996
(1 Folder)
box folder
7 1-4 Basketball Records, 1995-1996
(4 Folders)
5 NCAA Statistics and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1996-1997
(1 Folder)
6-9 Basketball Records, 1996-1997
(4 Folders)
10 Basketball Records, 1997
(1 Folder)
11 Big 12 Program, 1997-1998
(1 Folder)
12 Basketball Records, 1997-1998
( Folder)
13 Basketball Records in Newsprint, 1998-1999
(1 Folder)
box folder
8 1 Basketball Records, 1999-2000
(1 Folder)
2 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides and Tournament Notes, 1999-2000
(1 Folder)
3 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides and NCAA Tournament Program, 1999-2000
(1 Folder)
4-5 Basketball Records, 2000-2001
(2 Folders)
6 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 2000-2001
(1 Folder)
7 Basketball Records and Big 12 Conference Media Guide, 2001-2002
(1 Folder)
8 Basketball Records, 2001-2002
(1 Folder)
9 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 2001-2002
(1 Folder)
10-11 Basketball Records, 2002-2003
(2 Folders)
box folder
9 1 Basketball Records and Photographs, 2002
(1 Folder)
2 Basketball Records and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 2002-2003
(1 Folder)
3-8 Basketball Records, 2003-2004
(6 Folders)
9 Basketball Records and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 2003-2004
(1 Folder)
10 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 2004-2005
(1 Folder)
11 Postseason Guide, 2004-2005
(1 Folder)
12-13 Basketball Records and Photographs, 2004-2005
(2 Folders)
box folder
10 1-2 Basketball Records, 2004-2005
(2 Folders)
3-6 Basketball Records, 2005-2006
(4 Folders)
7 Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 2005-2006
(1 Folder)
Subseries: Recruitment Letters, 1990-1991
(1 Folder)
box folder
10 8 Recruitment Letters, 1990-1991
(1 Folder)
Subseries: Collectable Memorabilia, 1981-2004
(4 Folders)
mapcase drawer
4 Promotional Posters, 1981-2000
(9 items)
box folder
10 9 NCAA Championship and Promotional Programs, 1984-2000
(1 Folder)
10 NCAA Championship Programs, 1990-1991
(1 Folder)
11 NCAA Championship Programs and Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides, 1997-1998
(1 Folder)
12 Promotional Magnets, Stickers, Wallet Cards, 2003-2004
(1 Folder)
Subseries: International Championship Photos, 1978-1990
(2 Folders)
box folder
10 13 International Championship Photos, 1978-1986
(1 Folder)
14 International Championship Photos, 1986-1990
(1 Folder)
Subseries: Publications and Magazines, 1982-2005
(8 Folders)
box folder
11 1 Publications and Magazines, 1982-1987
(1 Folder)
oversizedbox
1 Publications and Magazines, 1984-1988
(2 Items)
box folder
11 2 Publications and Magazines, 1986-1987
(1 Folder)
3-4 Publications and Magazines, 1987-1988
(2 Folders)
5 Publications and Magazines, 1989-1990
(1 Folder)
6 Publications and Magazines, 1990-1991
(1 Folder)
7 Publications and Magazines, 1994-2000
(1 Folder)
8 Publications and Magazines, 2002-2005
(1 Folder)
Subseries: Commemorative Game Balls, 1992-2003
(12 Boxes)
box
1 Texas vs. Kansas St, 1000th Career Game, undated
box
2 1st Women's Basketball Coach to Reach 600th Win, White Writing, December 13, 1992
box
3 Texas 69 vs. Tech 58, 800th, Orange Writing and White Stripes, January 22, 2003
(Ball #1)
box
4 Texas 69 vs. Tech 58, 800th Win, Orange Writing, January 22, 2003
(Ball #2)
box
5 Texas 69 vs. Tech 58, 800th Win, White Stripe, January 22, 2003
(Ball #3)
box
6 700 Wins, White Stripe, December 18, 1997
(Ball #1)
box
7 Texas 68 vs. Northwestern 86, 700 Wins, December 18, 1997
(Ball #2)
box
8 UT 88 vs. Ark 68, 400th Win, undated
box
9 UT 86 vs. Creighton 69, 600th Win, undated
box
10 TX 70 vs. Missou 57, Big 12 Championship, 900th Win, March 6, 2001
box
11 SWC Finals, 500th Win, Black Writing, undated
box
12 Texas 75 vs. TCU 50, 500th Win, Yellow Writing, March 3, 1993



Chris Plonsky 1977-1986
(44 Folders)

Subseries:Kent State, 1977-1979
(3 Folders)
box folder
12 1 Event Programs, 1977-1979
(1 Folder)
2 Inventory of Collection from Accession Record, January 20, 2011
(1 Folder)
3 Season Guides, 1977-1979
(1 Folder)
Subseries:Iowa State, 1979-1983
(5 Folders)
box folder
12 4 Event Programs, 1979-1982
(1 Folder)
5 Iowa State Media Guides, 1982-1983
(1 Folder)
6 News Article, undated, 1979-1982
(1 Folder)
7-8 Season Guides, 1979-1982
(2 Folders)
Subseries:University of Texas, 1983-1986
(16 Folders)
box folder
13 1 Women's Basketball Season Guides, 1982-1986
(1 Folder)
2 Women's Basketball Event Programs, November 1982-January 1983
(1 Folder)
3 Women's Basketball Event Programs, January 1982-February 1983
(1 Folder)
4 Women's Basketball Event Programs, November 1983-December 1983
(1 Folder)
5 Women's Basketball Event Programs, January 1984-February 1984
(1 Folder)
6 Women's Basketball Event Programs, November 1985-March 1986
(1 Folder)
7 Women's Basketball Promotional Materials, 1983-1986
(1 Folder)
8 Women's Basketball Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides & Supporting Materials, 1982-1984
(1 Folder)
9 Women's Basketball Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides & Supporting Materials, 1984-1985
(1 Folder)
10 Women's Basketball Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides & Supporting Materials, 1985-1986
(1 Folder)
11 Women's Basketball Texas Longhorns Basketball Media Guides & Playoffs Supporting Materials, 1986
(1 Folder)
12 Women's Golf Season Guides, 1982-1986
(1 Folder)
13 Swimming/Diving Season Guides and Event Programs, 1981-1986
(1 Folder)
14 Women's Tennis Season Guides and Event Programs, 1981-1983
(1 Folder)
15 Track and Field Season Guides and Event Programs, 1982-1986
(1 Folder)
16 Women's Vollyball Season Guides and Event Programs, 1982-1992
(1 Folder)
Subseries:Title IX Correspondence, 1979
(1 Folder)
box folder
13 17 Title IX Correspondence to Abernethy from U.S. Congressmen Lloyd Benson, Bill Archer, and John Tower, April-May 1979
(1 Folder)
Subseries:Collectible Memorabilia, undated
(1 Folder)
box folder
13 18 Stickers, Wallet Cards, and Trading Cards, undated
(1 Folder)