January 31, 2007 - Issue: Vol. 153, No. 19 — Daily Edition110th Congress (2007 - 2008) - 1st Session
HONORING COACH DONNA WISE
(Extensions of Remarks - January 31, 2007)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E223] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING COACH DONNA WISE ______ HON. RON LEWIS of kentucky in the house of representatives Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Mr. LEWIS of Kentucky. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay public tribute to a remarkable individual from my home district. Donna Wise, head coach of the women's basketball team at Campbellsville University, is retiring at the end of this season, drawing her legendary 32-year coaching career to a close. Most people know about Kentucky's love of basketball and the commitment many make every season to win. Coach Wise's athletic achievements epitomize a work ethic and competitive spirit that makes Kentucky proud. But it's the lessons Donna Wise instills in her players about life's priorities, impressions countless young women continue to take far off the court and apply many years after college, that mark the true measure of her legacy. A master of the sport, Coach Wise has always conducted herself in the highest standard, expecting both athletic and personal excellence from those she led. Her consistent focus on team work, sportsmanship, and persistence has been the foundation of the Lady Tigers' remarkable success. To date, Coach Wise has won an impressive 653 games, ranking 1st in the NAIA Division 1 and 12th nationally among all NCAA and NAIA women's coaches in total wins. Throughout three decades of coaching, she has led 16 teams to NAIA Conference titles, 4 to Kentucky Intercollegiate Conference titles, and numerous others to national tournament and title game appearances. She has been recipient to dozens of coaching awards including induction into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Donna Wise has remained actively involved in numerous community and charitable organizations. She has been recognized as Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women's Foundation in 1994; Campbellsville Citizen of the Year in 1995; and Educator of the Year by the Campbellsville Chamber of Congress in 2000. I would like to recognize Donna Wise today for her many achievements as a coach, teacher, and citizen. Her unique dedication to the development and well-being of student-athletes and the communities they now serve make her an outstanding American worthy of our collective honor and appreciation. ____________________