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Leta Andrews Sets Record

By: Jeremy Joseph

The biggest high school basketball wins record in the nation now belongs to a coach from the small town of Granbury, Texas. Coach Leta Andrews surpassed the record of career wins set by fellow Texas coach, Robert Hughes Sr., of Dunbar High School in Fort Worth. Andrews won her 1,334 game on Dec. 7, 2010 against Midlothian High School. “I look back on my career, 49 years of doing this, I know that most people think that I’m crazy, but I have the best job in the world. That’s working with these young ladies and being in the midst of my colleagues here at Granbury High School.” said Andrews.  

Andrews, 73, began coaching in 1962 at Tolar High School and followed those with brief stints in Gustine and Comanche high schools. Things changed for her when she made a phone call to Adolph Rupp, then the head coach at the University of Kentucky. She was able to study basketball with him and he taught her the nuances to the game that she had not picked up yet. She learned things such as the location of passing lanes and to abandon the bounce pass because it was susceptible to being stolen and hard to control. Andrews had her first stint at Granbury from 1976-1980 and then coached at Calallen High School for a decade where she won her lone state championship in 1990. She returned to Granbury in 1992 and has coached there ever since. Andrews has 34 consecutive seasons with at least 20 victories, taken 14 teams to the state tournament, and became the nations winningest high school girls’ coach in 2005, passing Cleveland (Tenn.) Bradley Central coach Jim Smiddy. Andrews was inducted to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 2007 class and into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.



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