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June 20, 2012

The next hurdle: Women coaching men's teams

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She and her teammates would pile into an old van for road games. They patched the handles on their worn-out travel bags with duct tape. Told there was no money for new duffel bags, she and her teammates pooled their cash and bought them on sale at JCPenney.

"Our (school) colors were maroon and white, but we bought the blue ones because they were on sale," said Krauskopf.

By 1996, Krauskopf and women’s basketball had come a long way. NBA Commissioner David Stern invited her to his New York City office and offered her the job as the first director of basketball operations for the new women's league, the WNBA.

"I remember looking down out of his window, onto Fifth Avenue, and thinking, 'How did a girl from south Texas get here?’" said Krauskopf.

The answer: "I'm a product of Title IX," she said. "It opened up possibilities that never existed. I owe my career to Title IX."

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Maureen Hayden is the CNHI state reporter in Indianapolis. Contact her at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

 

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