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Jinks Coleman

Death: Jan 1, 2001

Nationality: United States

Jinks Coleman

Date of Death : Jan 1, 2001

Jinks Coleman was the first head coach of the women's basketball team at Louisiana State University from 1975-1979. Coleman led the Lady Tigers to a 91-32 record before resigning 15 games into the 1978-1979 season. She was also the first head coach of the volleyball team from 1974-1976. Following the 1976 volleyball season, she was released from her duties as volleyball coach and allowed to concentrate solely on basketball. She was succeeded as head volleyball coach by Gerry Owens. Throughout her tenure, however, she was required to teach five physical education classes in addition to her coaching duties. Coleman led the Lady Tigers to a #11 final AP ranking in the 1976-1977 season and to a #10 final AP ranking in the 1977-1978 season. Her teams went to three Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Tournaments, won a state title in 1978, and earned a regional crown in 1977. In the 1977 AIAW National Tournament in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Coleman’s LSU team defeated Western Michigan, Baylor, and Immaculata College, before falling to Margaret Wade’s #1 ranked Delta State team in the national championship game by a score of 68-55.

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