Yow, Ryan receive Bradley Spirit and Courage Award

Updated: March 3, 2007, 6:13 PM ET
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina State coach Kay Yow and Virginia coach Debbie Ryan, both battling cancer, received the Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award during the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on Saturday.

Yow, who left the Wolfpack for two months to fight breast cancer, has led them to 10 wins in 11 games since her return to the bench. On Saturday, Yow's team upset undefeated and top-ranked Duke to advance to the tournament final.

Yow, a Hall of Fame coach who led the U.S. women to an Olympic gold medal in 1988, has been coaching for 36 seasons. Earlier this year, she became the sixth Division I coach to reach the 700-win plateau.

Ryan, a seven-time ACC coach of the year, has 649 wins in 30 seasons at Virginia. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2000, and underwent surgery to remove a tumor.

The Bradley Award is named for former Clemson sports information director Bob Bradley, who died in 2000 after a three-year battle with bone cancer.

It's presented annually by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association to a basketball player, coach or team administrator who has overcome significant injury, illness or adversity.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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