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Women Making History Lecture: Coach Karen Kemp

Monday, October 06, 2008JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University’s head women’s basketball coach Karen Kemp will speak on “Dare to Dream: My Journey in Women’s Athletics” in the annual “Women Making History Lecture” on Thursday, Oct. 16.

This free public talk will begin at 5 p.m. in the East Tennessee Room on the third level of the D.P. Culp University Center and will be followed by a reception.

Kemp, who is entering her 15th season at the helm, led her Lady Bucs team to its first appearance in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament last spring. She has posted 173 career wins – the most wins in school history – since taking over the program in 1994, and is just the second ETSU head coach to reach the 100-win milestone, doing so when her team defeated Western Carolina in Memorial Center on Feb. 11, 2002. Two years later, Kemp became ETSU’s all-time wins leader when her Lady Bucs defeated Davidson on Feb. 7, 2004, capturing her 119th career victory.

During Kemp’s tenure at ETSU, the Lady Bucs have made several other notable achievements. The 1994-95 squad tied a school record with 21 victories and won the only Southern Conference regular season title in school history. That team went on to participate in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, also a first for a Lady Bucs squad.

Kemp came to ETSU after successful stints as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State University and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC). The Chatsworth, Ga., native spent seven seasons at UTC, where she helped guide the Lady Mocs to Southern Conference regular season titles in 1991 and 1992 and conference tournament championships in 1989 and 1992. In 1988, she assumed the added duties of senior women’s administrator at UTC and was responsible for the administration of six intercollegiate sports.

While earning her B.S. in interdisciplinary studies, Kemp played at Berry College, Mount Berry, Ga., where she was a two-time All-America selection while helping lead the school to a four-year record of 120-19 before her graduation in 1985. The four-year starter averaged over 12 points and nine rebounds during her career and was a four-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-District pick. She was also named to the NAIA National All-Tournament team as a freshman and junior.

She is married to Eddie Gregory and is the mother of two children, Marcus, 15, and LaKeisha, 10.

The Women Making History Lecture is funded through the generosity of ETSU alumna Barbara Murphy Brooks and is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center.

For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Women’s Resource Center at (423) 439-7847.


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