Saturday, August 1, 2015

Guru's Musings: Delaware's Joyce Perry Remembered

By Mel Greenberg

Guru's Musings: Delaware's Joyce Perry Remembered


By Mel Greenberg

  This is not going to be too long in that the Guru has been busy with the countdown and out this week.

 But in noticing the news over the weekend of the passing of former Delaware coach Joyce Perry, the Guru would like to say she was a class act.

 Joyce, who became Delaware's coach in 1978 two years after the Guru launched what became the Associated Press women's poll, was brought aboard as one of the voting board. Even though the Blue Hens were not high threshhold, but still competitive during her era, she was one of our group who consistently was on hand every Sunday to cast her ballot.

 Her Delaware teams, as Tina Martin's now, always had a strong mix of scheduling against the Big Five and Joyce was usually a part of the Philly social group at Final Fours during her time.

She preserved the work of Mary Ann Campbell (Hitchens) and moved Delaware forward, setting the stage for Tina Martin to lead the Blue Hens through new threshholds.

The Guru sends his condolences to the entire Delaware family on her passing.

Nolan's Lafayette Hire Evokes Memory Lane

The news that Yale assistant Dianne Nolan will become the new coach of Lafayette evokes memories of a long-tme association back to the days of when she was a high school student, the Guru was a basketball manager at Temple, and her older brother Drew played for the Owls.

 The Guru, who had the comp tickets at a time when NCAA regulations, usually found a way to take care of her friends and invite them to the parties afterwards.

  Some time after Temple won the NIT when it was fashionable to win the NIT and the Guru moved on to his next life at The Inquirer and eventually launched the poll, he got a letter (no email back then folk) from the coach's office at St. Francis, N.Y., which began -- "You may not remember me. . ."

  Nolan went on to a long stint at Fairfield and of course the Guru made her a voter also.

Speaking of voters, former Maryland coach Chris Weller who will be an inductee in June at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville was one of the Guru's original charter group.

  Just mentioning it, though as the Guru continues to note, his own era will continue in a form to be determined shortly.

 It's just the print relationship that will change though as a certain former High School turned-volleyball player said at a press conference in a neighboring state below here in the fall of 2008 -- the home of the vice president for the geographically challenged -- "Can't say never because that's a long time. In her case, implied "never" lasted around 12 months.

  More from the ship while still on board in the next 24 or 48.

   -- Mel

Inquirer Sports Columnist
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Mel Greenberg covers college and pro women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he has worked for 38 years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather. He was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Click here for Mel's list of All-Decade players from Philadelphia-area schools.

Other contributors

Jonathan Tannenwald is a producer with In addition to covering the local college scene, he spent two years as the Washington Mystics beat writer for Women's Hoops Guru. He also writes his own blog, Soft Pretzel Logic, which covers men's college basketball, football, and other sports.

Kathleen Radebaugh is a recent graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She covered women's basketball for the school's newspaper, The Hawk, and served as sports editor her sophomore year. She was also a four-year member of the varsity crew team.

Erin Semagin Damio covers the University of Connecticut and the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for the blog, and contributes other features. The Storrs, Conn., native also attends Northeastern University, where she is a coxswain on the varsity crew team.

Acacia O'Connor is based in Washington, D.C., where she reports on the Mystics and the college basketball scene in the nation's capital. A graduate of Vassar college, she played on the varsity women's basketball team and was editor of the student newspaper.

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