Cathy Rush | University of Portland

Cathy Rush

Women’s sports pioneer Cathy Rush was head basketball coach at Immaculata College from 1972 to 1977. Her “Mighty Macs” won the 1972, 1973, and 1974 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) championships. In 1975, she coached the U.S. women’s basketball team to the Pan American Games gold medal. After retiring from coaching, Rush became the first female commentator for women’s basketball on national television in 1978. She is the founder and president of Future Stars Camps, which focuses on basketball, field hockey, soccer, and sports and arts camps for girls and boys. Thanks to her leadership and record of 149-15 (a .909 winning percentage), Rush was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, and was also a 2000 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.