Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever
Tamika Catchings is set to begin her 16th and final season as a member of the Indiana Fever organization in the summer of 2016.
Indiana’s “do-everything” forward has completed 14 seasons in the WNBA and enters 2016 as the league’s active leader in regular-season points (6,947), rebounds (3,153), steals (1,012) and free throws (1,898). Catchings also is the WNBA career playoffs leader in points, rebounds, free throws and steals, and she earned WNBA Finals MVP honors while leading the Fever to the 2012 WNBA championship. A year earlier, in 2011, she captured her first regular-season MVP honor.
Catchings is set to become the WNBA’s only player ever to spend an entire career of 15 or more seasons with the same franchise. An active participant in 14 seasons (not counting 2001) with the Fever, Catchings joins an elite list of NBA counterparts with as many seasons of an entire career playing with the same team: Kobe Bryant (20), John Stockton (19), Tim Duncan (19), Reggie Miller (18), Dirk Nowitzki (18), John Havlicek (16), Hal Greer (15), Tony Parker (15), Elgin Baylor (14), Joe Dumars (14), David Robinson (14), and Jerry West (14).
In the fall of 2014, Catchings announced her intentions to retire following the 2016 WNBA season which coincides with the Summer Olympics in August 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Catchings hopes to join an elite club with Teresa Edwards and Lisa Leslie who are currently the only American basketball players, male or female, to earn four Olympic gold medals.
A telling note of durability is that Catchings has played at least 30 games in 11 of her 14 active seasons. In 2012, at age 33, Catchings was the only WNBA player to start every regular season (34) and playoff game (10), as well as every game in the Olympics (8).
Twice since 2010, Catchings has been named the winner of the WNBA’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award. She won it outright in 2010 and shared the honor with Chicago’s Swin Cash in 2013.
Catchings was named the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, receiving the award for an unprecedented fifth time. She also received that honor in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010. She also was second in WNBA MVP balloting in 2002, 2009 and 2010, and has finished among the top three in balloting for the WNBA MVP Award in seven of her 14 active pro seasons.
She has averaged 16.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game during her career.
Catchings is a three-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States, medaling at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece; the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China and the 2012 Games in London where she served as a U.S. tri-captain alongside Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi.
Off the court, Catchings is one of the country’s most highly-regarded citizen-athletes. She was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as a Silver Medal winner in April 2015. A year earlier, Indy Parks and Recreation dedicated Tamika Catchings Court, in Thatcher Park on Indy’s west side, in honor of her good works. In 2013, Catchings served on a panel at the White House to honor Women’s History Month, speaking with other female luminaries to a group of high school students. She launched her Catch The Stars Foundation in 2004 to assist disadvantage youth achieve their dreams.
A native of New Jersey and daughter of former NBA player Harvey Catchings, Tamika played high school basketball in Illinois and Texas. She graduated from Duncanville (Texas) in 1997 and was a four-time All-America player collegiately at the University of Tennessee. At UT, she totaled 2,113 points, 1,004 rebounds, 311 steals, 140 blocked shots and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. She later earned a master’s degree in sports studies in 2005. She was drafted in the first round, third overall, by the Fever in 2001 but sat out that first season with a knee injury.
Catchings married former Pike High School star Parnell Smith earlier this year.
Stan Gouard, University of Indianapolis
Stan Gouard recently completed his eighth season as men’s basketball coach at the University of Indianapolis, leading the Greyhounds to a 21-8 season that included their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and their fifth consecutive 20-win season.
Gouard (pronounced juh-RARD) has a 150-80 record over those eight seasons, which also include multiple All-America honors by UIndy players, a No. 1 ranking and GLVC Coach of the Year honors in 2013-14.
Overall, Gouard has now spent 19 years in college basketball. The stint includes four years as a student-athlete at John A. Logan College and the University of Southern Indiana (1992-1996); seven as an assistant coach at USI (2001-02), UIndy (2002-05) and Indiana State (2005-08); and eight as a head coach of the Greyhounds (2008-present).
Prior to Gouard's arrival, UIndy’s only other 20-plus win streak was during the 1995-97 seasons. His final victory of 2015-16 – an NCAA Tournament win against 12th-ranked Ashland – gave him 150 for his career, making him the fastest to reach the mark in program history. Gouard mentored All-GLVC First Team and All-Midwest Region Second Team selection Jordan Loyd during the season, seeing Loyd become the 39th member of UIndy's 1,000-point club.
During the 2014-15 season, UIndy won its most games in 50 years, finishing with a record of 25-6. With help from a season-opening 17-game winning streak, the Greyhounds spent nine weeks in the Top 10 of the D-II coaches poll, including a two-week stay at No. 1, UIndy's first at the top since 1996-97. The Hounds made their biggest splash in the postseason, reaching the NCAA Midwest Regional for the first time. Meanwhile, senior Joe Lawson was named first team all-region, Brennan McElroy was dubbed All-GLVC Second Team and GLVC All-Defensive Team.
In 2013-14, UIndy finished 24-5, winning a GLVC East Division title and a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional. The ’Hounds were ranked in the Top 25 for 13 consecutive weeks, culminating in a No. 12 ranking in the final NABC poll. Reece Cheatham and Joe Lawson were named to the All-GLVC First Team.
Previously, the ’Hounds went 9-18 in 2008-09, Gouard’s first season in charge of the program. They improved to 12-16 in 2009-10, then began their string of NCAA Tournament appearances with a 19-9 mark in 2010-11. They followed with a 20-9 records in 2011-12 and 2012-13 before reaching even higher the next two seasons. Other highlights included Darius Adams being chosen an All-American in 2010-11, and Adrian Moss being picked an All-American in 2011-12.
Prior to becoming the UIndy head coach, Gouard was an assistant coach at Indiana State from 2005-08. From 2002-05, during his first stint at UIndy as an assistant, the Greyhounds compiled a 47-31 record, advancing to the NCAA tournament all three seasons. Gouard helped mentor All-GLVC players Jason Wright, Lawrence Barnes and three-time honoree David Logan. Logan would become the league’s all-time leading scorer en route to earning NCAA Division II Player of the Year accolades. Before his first job with Indianapolis, Gouard spent one season at his alma mater, Southern Indiana, helping the Screaming Eagles to a 22-8 record.
As a player, Gouard was nationally known. He led University of Southern Indiana to its first national championship in 1995. Gouard also led the Eagles to two GLVC championships and was twice named by NABC Division II National Player of the Year. While at Southern Indiana, Gouard’s teams compiled an 82-12 record, and he currently ranks third in scoring, fifth in rebounding and first in steals. Following his collegiate career, Gouard played professionally in Columbia and Sweden.
Gouard was inducted into the John A. Logan College Hall of Fame in 1998, the Great Lakes Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2003 and the University of Southern Indiana Hall of Fame in 2007.
As native of Danville, Ill., Gouard earned his bachelor of science in communications from Southern Indiana. He and his wife, Chasity, have a daughter, Kennedy Noelle (6).
Chris Holtmann, Butler University
Chris Holtmann recently completed his second season as the Butler University men’s basketball coach, guiding the Bulldogs to a 22-11 season that included advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
That came after a first season where Butler went 23-11 with a team that had been picked to finish seventh in the Big East Conference’s preseason poll. Butler climbed to as high as No. 15 in the Associated Press poll and was ranked in the Top 25 for 16 of the final 17 weeks of the season. For his efforts, Holtmann was named a finalist for both the Naismith National Coach of the Year Award and the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award.
Holtmann left a position as head coach at Gardner-Webb to become an assistant coach at Butler prior to the 2013-14 season. After one year as an assistant, Holtmann found himself back in the lead chair after Brandon Miller requested a leave of absence in October 2014. Holtmann was appointed interim head coach and in January 2015 was named permanent head coach.
Holtmann served as head coach at Gardner-Webb for three seasons (2010-13), leading the North Carolina school through a successful rebuilding effort. He took the Runnin’ Bulldogs from eight wins in 2009-10 to a school Division I record 20 victories and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament in his last year. Gardner-Webb won ten of its final 11 games in 2012-13 and finished a game out of first place in the Big South Conference. For his efforts, Holtmann was named Big South Conference Coach of the Year and NABC District 3 Coach of the Year.
In five seasons as a college head coach, he has a record of 88-76 – 45-22 in two seasons at Butler and 43-54 in three seasons at Gardner-Webb.
Prior to his time at Gardner-Webb, Holtmann spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University under former Butler assistant John Groce. Holtmann helped build back-to-back top classes as recruiting coordinator for the Bobcats, and he was part of the staff that led Ohio to the 2010 Mid-American Conference Tournament title and an upset of No. 3 seed Georgetown in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Before his stint at Ohio, he served for five seasons as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb, including four seasons as associate head coach.
A native of Nicholasville, Ky., Holtmann was an NAIA All-American guard at Taylor University. He helped lead Taylor to a 25-9 record, a No. 1 national ranking and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament in 1993-94. He served as a graduate assistant coach at Taylor in 1997-98, spent one season as an assistant coach at Geneva College and then returned to Taylor as an assistant coach under head coach Paul Patterson. In his final two seasons at Taylor, the Trojans posted a 50-16 record, won back-to-back conference titles and ranked in the “Top 15” of the NAIA national poll.
Holtmann earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Taylor in 1994 and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Ball State in 2000. He and his wife, Lori, have one daughter, Nora Jane.
Paul Patterson, Taylor University
Paul Patterson concluded a Hall of Fame career as men’s basketball coach at Taylor University in 2013.
In 34 seasons, Patterson’s teams compiled a 734 victories and a .662 winning percentage. The victory total ranked 11th all-time among men’s basketball coaches at the time and made Patterson as the all-time wins leader of any college head coach in the state of Indiana.
The win total helped Patterson’s Taylor squads rack up 15 conference championships and 14 appearances into the NAIA National Tournament, which led to a pair of trips to the Sweet 16 and one Final Four bid for the Trojans.
For his efforts, Patterson was selected a Coach of the Year on 12 occasions, including being named the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1991. During the 1990-1991 season, Patterson led Taylor to a school-record 34 victories and the program’s first final four.
Patterson, who is a member of the NAIA, Hanover College, Grant County and Indiana Basketball halls of fame, exited the Taylor program after amassing 28 winning seasons and 23 campaigns with 20 or more victories. Patterson also guided Taylor through one of the most successful 10-year stretches of any collegiate program, steering TU to 10 consecutive seasons of at least 25 victories from 1984-1985 through 1993-1994. That span put Taylor in the company of UCLA, UNLV and Lipscomb as the only men’s basketball programs to accomplish that feat.
Along the way, Patterson coached 24 NAIA All-Americans and now boasts an extensive coaching tree that includes collegiate and high school coaches around the nation. Those coaches include Chris Holtmann at Butler, John Groce at Illinois and Indiana Wesleyan University women’s coach Steve Brooks.
In addition to his time on the bench, Patterson also served as an associate professor for the Physical Education and Human Performance Department at Taylor. He also oversaw the TU Basketball Camp, which has more than 65,000 alumni, and was an active member in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and FCA camps.
Patterson, a 1960 graduate of Hammond Morton High School and a 1964 graduate of Hanover College, began coaching as an assistant at Central Missouri State. His first head coaching position was at Spencer High School, and he later coached at Somerset (Ky.), Amelia (Ohio), Northwest Missouri State and Ashland (Ky.) Paul Blazer before being hired at Taylor for the 1979-80 season. Patterson also earned a master’s degree at Central Missouri State.
He and his wife, Phyllis, have been married 47 years. They have two children, a son, Shannon, and a daughter, Michelle (Chris) Bombei, and two granddaughters.
James Whitford, Ball State University
James Whitford recently completed his second season as men’s basketball coach at Ball State University, directing the Cardinals to a 21-14 season that included a run to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The team also went 10-8 in the Mid-American Conference.
That came after the Cardinals went 7-23 in his first season after taking over a program that had gone 5-25 in the year before he took over.
Whitford was introduced as the 19th men's basketball coach in Ball State history in April 2013 after serving as an assistant coach at Arizona, Xavier and Miami (Ohio). At those schools, Whitford’s teams posted a combined record of 400-208, reached the NCAA tournament 10 times and played in the postseason 13 times.
Whitford has laid the foundation for the future at Ball State, installing his system and ramping up the Cardinals' recruiting efforts. Sean Sellers was MAC Freshman of the Year in 2014-15, while Franko House was chosen second-team all-MAC and to the MAC all-Defensive Team in 2015-16.
Prior to arriving in Muncie, Whitford served four years on the staff at Arizona, including his final two as the associate head coach. He was with Arizona head coach Sean Miller for eight seasons, dating back to Miller's days guiding the Xavier program. Whitford also brought more than a decade of MAC experience, having served on the staff at Miami University under Herb Sendek and Charlie Coles for 11 seasons before joining Miller at Xavier.
Whitford helped Arizona to an average of 27 wins per season over his final three years in Tucson, including a 30-win campaign in 2010-11 that featured a Pac-10 Conference championship and an appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats concluded the 2012-13 season with a mark of 27-8 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Before heading West, Whitford helped the Xavier program to an impressive run during his four years in Cincinnati. The Musketeers posted an overall record of 103-35, won three Atlantic 10 Conference championships and played in the NCAA Tournament all four years. The 2007-08 Xavier team reached the Elite Eight.
Whitford joined the staff at Xavier after working his way up the ranks at Miami, starting as an administrative assistant for two seasons from 1994-96 and rising to the top assistant position under Coles from 1998-2005. He was a part of three NCAA Tournament appearances at Miami, including the RedHawks' 1999 Sweet 16 run. Miami won four MAC regular season championships during his time in Oxford, Ohio, and posted an overall record of 201-130.
A native of Madison, Wis., Whitford earned his start in college basketball as a manager at Wisconsin and graduated from the school in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He earned a master’s degree in sports studies from Miami in 1996.
Whitford's wife, the former Amber Stocks, was previously a member of the women's basketball staff at Xavier. They have two sons, Liam and Spencer.