What others are saying in tribute to Yow

Updated: January 27, 2009, 4:56 PM ET

"I still can never get over how 'pink' took over. The thing I'll always think about with Kay is how she made pink. She made pink something special. For the longest time, pink was something soft and feminine and suddenly it became this courageous fight that everyone's been united in, and that was one of her many legacies. She made pink more beautiful than pink could ever be." -- Duke women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie

"It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Coach Yow for the last 15 seasons. I suddenly find myself grasping to retain everything she has ever said and ever taught me." -- North Carolina State interim coach Stephanie Glance

"She taught all of us how to handle personal battles with a great deal of grace and acceptance and by believing that God would see us through. She rarely complained, as most of us would or ever wonder why this had happened to her. When I myself was diagnosed with breast cancer, Kay was one of the handful of people I told. I asked her why me? Kay was the person I could best identify with and knew would understand. And she did. -- Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer

"She's just been a great friend to so many people and obviously left her footprints all over the place with all the young kids she has touched and molded ... She is a woman that fought such a hard fight but it was always about everybody else. It was never about Kay." -- Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt

"Kay was a real treasure to me. She was a jewel of a person, an outstanding coach, but more than anything a dear friend. She always represented herself and N.C. State with tremendous honor, grace and style, and her presence and competitive spirit will be greatly missed in the ACC. I don't know of anyone in the world of women's basketball that doesn't owe a debt of gratitude to Kay." -- North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell

"I knew Kay for 30 years. My first impression was when I was an assistant at Saint Joseph's in the late 1970s. We played at North Carolina State and I remember thinking there couldn't be more than four programs in America that operated like hers did. She had women's basketball at a place no one else did in those days. She did it with a certain amount of dignity in the way she behaved and treated people. That didn't change about her. She was the same when I coached at Virginia and in all the years I've been at UConn. She never wavered from what she stood for. She affected those who encountered her in a positive way and I don't think we all [coaches] can say that." -- Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma

"We just wanted her to be at peace. These last few weeks, in particular, have been so hard on her body. She's fought the great fight and I know she's at peace now. That was my prayer for her." -- Texas women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors

"It doesn't matter how much you prepare, it doesn't prepare you for when you actually get the call. Tremendous sadness, but once we get past the grief and the sadness of losing Coach Yow, we will have to spend our energy celebrating all that she's done and what's she's accomplished. And what she wants her legacy to be and that is: To beat cancer. To find a way." -- Basketball analyst and former N.C. State player Debbie Antonelli

"It's hard to put into words the impact that someone like Coach Yow has on a person. If you are fortunate enough to be able to call someone like Coach Yow a friend, then you know. It's a very sad day for the women's basketball community. Beyond the impact that she's had on the coaching world, she's simply one of the best people I've ever met." -- Florida women's basketball coach Amanda Butler

"Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Kay Yow has a heavy heart today. Her record and the honors she has received over the years are evidence of her abilities as a coach, but the former student-athletes who come back year after year and bring their children to visit her are a testament to the type of person she was. She was a blessing to many people because of her strong faith. She faced every opponent, whether on the basketball court or in a hospital room, with dignity and grace. She will be greatly missed." -- North Carolina State athletic director Lee Fowler

"We have lost a great person, coach, leader and friend. Coach Yow's courage, passion for her work, strength and humility despite her personal challenges inspired all of us. She epitomized what a coach and role model should be ... The Wolfpack Nation and everyone who followed her successes on the court and her struggles off the court were blessed by Kay Yow's life. She will be profoundly missed." -- North Carolina State University chancellor James Oblinger

"What a sad day for all of us with the loss of such a dear coach, friend and mentor .. It is humbling to serve as the president of the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, and to have the opportunity to uphold her legacy of faith, integrity, inspiration and leadership through the Fund. I am positive that she would want us all to unite and find a way to continue the battle that she fought for years. We WILL find a cure for cancer." -- Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund president Marsha Sharp

"Words cannot even begin to express the impact that Coach Yow had on me personally and on this Association. I have known her for 32 years, and she is by far one of the most amazing people I have had the opportunity to get to know. Her legacy and impact will continue to live on even in her passing through her Foundation leading us toward a cure." -- WBCA CEO Beth Bass

"What an impact Kay had on so many. Whether one of her players, an opposing coach, a friend, an associate in the world of sports or one who observed her grace, dignity, elegance, kindness and competitive spirit from a distance, you couldn't help but be touched by her presence in our world. Kay was a very special lady. All of us associated with the ACC will miss her immensely, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, loved ones and team." -- ACC commissioner John Swofford

"I knew her pretty well, and -- it was interesting, when I spoke to her in August, it was really like she was so calm. She said to me, 'You know, Harry, medicine can't cure me now; I need a miracle.' But she wasn't afraid. She wasn't scared. It was just inspiring." -- Villanova women's basketball coach Harry Perretta

"She was someone that everyone respected and admired for the way she always handled herself throughout her life. I think it's a great loss for the entire basketball community." -- Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw

"Coach Yow was a true American hero. Working with her was one of those unique priviliges that has provided a profound and lasting inspitiation. I encourage all to donate to the Kay Yow/WBCA fund as a tribute to Kay's memory and her unwaivering Faith in the Lord and her inspiriation to all people who face challanges." -- Atlantic 10 conference commissioner Bernadette McGlade

"Kay Yow was among the most influential figures in the history of women's [college] basketball. In the way she approached life, she touched thousands of lives directly through her legendary coaching career, but millions more have and will benefit from her courage in the face of great illness. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Kay's family and North Carolina State University during this difficult time." -- NCAA president Myles Brand

"There are really no words to adequately describe Coach Yow, her impact and influence on so many young women and on so many of us in the women's basketball community. She has been an inspiration, a 'guiding light' and a champion in every sense of the word." -- Sue Donohoe, NCAA vice president for Division I women's basketball

"The great thing about her is that she had the courage to fight her battle in public, and as a result she not only fought for herself, but for everybody that has cancer, will have cancer, and for the families who are involved ... God bless her -- she was a terrific lady." -- Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski

"I knew Kay most of my life. She was a role model when I was in college, even though she coached our rival, Elon. She was an opponent as we played summer softball on rival teams. And of course, when I got to Duke in '77 she once again was an opponent. ... There will never be another who has the ability to be such a competitor in one moment and such an ally in the next. As I speak these words I know 'Wuffie' is very busy ... she's up there forming a 'Hoops in Heaven' league." -- Former Duke women's basketball coach Debbie Leonard

"Her strong walk with God gave her a purpose and a platform to touch lives in a positive way through a terrible disease. She fought gracefully, bringing awareness, and more importantly, HOPE, to those battling breast cancer. Coach Yow was a servant to others and a mentor to all. She gave all she had before leaving this earth and she will forever be remembered in the basketball community." -- California women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle

"This is certainly a profound loss for the family of basketball. Kay's legacy will be the many lives she touched and will continue to touch as the lessons she delivered in life will live on." -- WNBA President Donna Orender

"I consider myself blessed to have known -- and learned from -- coach Yow throughout my career. Without a doubt she will be remembered as one of the most beloved coaches in the history of women's basketball. Her players adored her but it was so, so much bigger than basketball. They adored and respected her for the life lessons she imparted along the way; she taught them the value of being a good person and representing themselves and their families in the proper manner. Kay did more than prepare her players for basketball; she prepared them for life." -- Renee Brown, WNBA chief of basketball operations and player relations

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