Colorado Springs, CO – Former Bergen (NJ) women's basketball coaching legend Rose Marie Battaglia has been inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as announced by the association during halftime of Monday night's Louisville-Connecticut women's basketball game on ESPN2.
Battaglia is one of seven inductees into the 2018 class, joining the likes of former standouts Chamique Holdsclaw, Katie Smith, and Tina Thompson along with former Colorado coach Ceal Barry. Battaglia was inducted into the NJCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999, the second class to be enshrined. Over a 38-year coaching career, Battaglia amassed 702 wins and a .745 career winning percentage. During her career at Bergen, Battaglia made four NJCAA final four appearances before retiring in 1989.
Battaglia earned the 1998 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award. The NJCAA DIII Women's Basketball Championship Sportsmanship Award is also named after Battaglia.
Battaglia's career stops also included Iona, Paramus Catholic High School, St. Michael's of Union City, and Benedict Academy.
The 2018 class will be officially enshrined on June 9, 2018.
This marks the second consecutive year a former NJCAA member has been inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Former South Plains (TX) All-American and 1991 NJCAA Player of the Year Sheryl Swoopes was honored as part of the 2017 class.
Joining Battaglia in this year's class:
|Ceal Barry||University of Colorado||Coach|
|Chris Dailey||University of Connecticut||Coach|
|Mickie DeMoss||University of Tennessee||Coach|
|Chamique Holdsclaw||University of Tennessee||Player|
|Katie Smith||Ohio State University||Player|
|Tina Thompson||University of Southern California||Player|
(Photo- Battaglia, right, will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame in June / Marko Georgiev/northjersey.com staff)