I’m not naive. I know that to many, Georgia women’s basketball is either a casual interest or niche sport, for the most part. But when you say Lady Bulldogs basketball, the first person to come to mind is Andy Landers.
He’s a only full-time coach that UGA has ever had – let that one sink in and marinate for a minute.
If you only judge a coach by championships – Landers was not successful. But that’s the thing – success is an entire body of work, and that is what Landers embodied during his career.
31 NCAA Tourneys
20 Sweet Sixteens
11 Elite Eights
5 Final Fours
7 SEC Championships
4 SEC Tournament titles
He had the highly unfortunate fortune to be in the same conference as the great coach in women’s hoops, Pat Summit. Put Landers in a different conference or region, and who knows what would have been.
No shortage of tremendous women’s greats have played for Landers – the Miller twins, Teresa Edwards (perhaps the most decorated women’s basketball player of all time), Katrina McClain, among others. But they came to Athens for one reason – the program that Landers built from the ground up into an elite operation.
Happy trails, Coach Landers. You’ve earned every bit of it.
Go Lady Dawgs!