Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announces 2016 inductees at the WNBA All-Star Game


KNOXVILLE (WATE) — The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 18th group of inductees, the Class of 2016, on ABC during the WNBA All-Star game.

The six members of the Class of 2016 are: Sherri Coale (coach), June Courteau (contributor), Joe Lombard (coach), Jackie Stiles (player), Bill Tipps (contributor), and Natalie Williams (player).

Sherri Coale is the current head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. Coale has led the Sooners Women’s Basketball program for nineteen years including sixteen consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and three Final Fours.

June Corteau spent forty-five years officiating in women’s basketball. Corteau officiated WNBA games from 1997 until 2011 including 13 WNBA Finals and two All Star Games. She also officiated in 12 NCAA Women’s Final Fours including five national championships.

Joe Lombard coached both Nazareth and Canyon high schools to seventeen Texas state championships. Lombard has thirty-seven years of coaching girls high school basketball, winning more than 1,100 games. He won his one-thousandth game before losing 100 games.

Jackie Stiles became the first and only Division I basketball player to score 1000 points in a single season. Stiles is the all-time leading scorer in Division I Women’s Basketball with almost 3,400 points while at Missouri State.

Bill Tipps served as a member of the USA Women’s Basketball Games Committee. In addition, Tipps served as a member of the Staff Selection Sub-Committee of USA Basketball from 1988 to 1996. He was also chairman of AAU Girl’s Basketball from 1979 to 1991.

Finally, Natalie Williams. Williams was the first woman to earn All-American honors in both basketball and volleyball while attending UCLA. Williams also helped guide Team USA to the Olympic Gold Medal in 2000.

The Class of 2016 will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 11, 2016 in Knoxville.

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