Spark. Felisha Legette-Jack, former head women’s basketball coach at Indiana University Bloomington, knows the powerful impact sports have on young adults. “Athletics teach structure and discipline,” she said in the January 2007 Well House Society newsletter.
“There are days when they don’t really want to be out there, but I notice that when basketball season is out, grades slip the most. Basketball and sports are ways of keeping our kids focused.”
And while Legette-Jack is focused on winning championships, her main goal is to help build phenomenal women with confidence and discipline. “It is character first, then academics, then basketball,” she said. “You can’t have one without the other.”
Legette-Jack came to Bloomington in 2006 from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where she led her team to a 19-12 record and a trip to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament in 2005-06, Hofstra’s first-ever Division 1 postseason appearance. She has served on two U.S.A. Basketball gold-medal-winning coaching staffs and has 16 years of Division 1 coaching experience. Prior to her position at Hofstra, Legette-Jack was:
- head girls’ basketball coach at Westhill High School in Syracuse, where five of her players earned Division 1 scholarships;
- assistant coach at Boston College, where the Golden Eagles recorded a 100 percent graduation rate during her tenure;
- assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at her alma mater, Syracuse University, where she boasted another 100 percent graduation rate and recruited two Gatorade Players of the Year; and
- assistant to Joanne P. McCallie and recruiting coordinator at Michigan State, where she helped sign the nation’s 14th-best recruiting class in 2001-02.
Legette-Jack graduated from Syracuse in 1989. An inductee into the Greater Syracuse Hall of Fame, the Syracuse Urban League Hall of Fame, and the Syracuse University Orange Plus Hall of Fame, she is the second-leading scorer and all-time leading rebounder in Syracuse history. She won 1985 Big East Rookie of the Year honors and was one of 15 players named to the 2004 Big East Conference Silver Anniversary Team. “I can’t imagine the kind of person I would be without basketball.”