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Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner Honors Basketball Coach Cathy Rush

Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner Honors Basketball Coach Cathy Rush
From left, P.J. Carlesimo, son of Peter A. Carlesimo; Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J. H’06, interim University president; and Dave Martin, director of Athletics, present legendary basketball coach Cathy Rush with the 2017 Carlesimo Award.

The University of Scranton honored legendary basketball coach Cathy Rush with the 2017 Peter A. Carlesimo Award at its annual Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner at Saucon Valley Country Club in June.

Rush was the head women’s basketball coach at Immaculata College, where she won the first three Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championships from 1972-74. In 1975, she coached the U.S. women’s basketball team to the Pan American Games gold medal. In 1978, she became the first female commentator for women’s basketball on national television, where she worked with NBC, CBS, ESPN, CBN and PRISM. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. Rush is also the founder and president of Future Stars Camps, an organization which has hosted more than 100,000 boys and girls since its inception.

Named in honor of Peter A. Carlesimo, former University of Scranton coach and Athletics director, the Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner celebrates athletics at Scranton and honors a person who has made special contributions to athletics and Catholic education. This year’s event raised more than $95,000 for Scranton Athletics.

For more information on ways to support Scranton Athletics, visit scranton.edu/athleticsfund.

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