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Jody Conradt Papers, 1958-2017
A Finding Aid to the Collection at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports
Addie Jo “Jody” Conradt was born in Goldthwaite, Texas, on May 13, 1941, to Ann and Charles Conradt. She played basketball at Goldthwaite High School where she averaged 40 points per game. Conradt attended Baylor University (Waco, Texas) where she earned a B.S. in Physical Education in 1963. While attending Baylor she played for the Baylor women’s basketball team and averaged 20 points per game. Following graduation, Conradt took a job as a teacher and assistant girls basketball coach at Midway High School (Waco, Texas). She completed an M.S. in Physical Education at Baylor in 1969.
Conradt took her first collegiate coaching job at Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Texas) where she served as the coach of the women’s basketball team during their first three seasons as a team (1969–1973). She was also in charge of the volleyball and track teams. She then took a position at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) as the women’s athletic director. She also served as the women’s volleyball coach, women’s softball coach, and the women’s basketball coach (1973–1976). Jody Conradt’s time at UTA is an important precursor to her ultimately prolific time with the University of Texas at Austin (UT). This period of time is notable because it is the beginning of Conradt’s professional relationship with the University of Texas collegiate system. This relationship would come to define Conradt’s professional career.
The most well-known phase of Conradt’s career, her tenure as head women’s basketball coach at UT from 1976-2007, proved to be historic. In response to Title IX, the University of Texas at Austin (UT) created a separate women’s athletic department in 1975. Donna Lopiano was the Athletic Director at UT and hired Conradt to serve as coach for both the women’s basketball team and women’s volleyball teams in 1976. She coached volleyball for two seasons, and then focused solely on women’s basketball. During Conradt’s tenure, Texas was ranked no. 1 in the nation for four straight years (1982–1983 to 1986–1987). They went undefeated in Southwest Conference play during this period, and in 1986 the team won the NCAA national championship. They team went undefeated (34–0) during the 1985–1986 season. Her time in Austin during these years is crucial not only to understanding her professional life and achievements but in charting the progress of collegiate women’s basketball as a sport from its beginnings. It also helped cement her reputation as one of the pioneers of the sport.
Conradt began to serve UT in a dual role as both women’s basketball coach and women’s athletic director in 1992. She resigned as women’s athletic director in 2001, and refocused her efforts on her role as head coach of the women’s basketball team. Between 2001–2007, the UT women’s basketball team earned their first three Big 12 championships, finished in the top 10 during the 2002–2003 and 2003–2004 seasons, and gained a no. 2 seed (2003) and no. 1 seed (2004) in the NCAA Championship brackets. UT came close to playing in the national championship in 2003, but lost 71–69 to the University of Connecticut in the Final Four semifinals.
Conradt was the first women’s basketball coach to reach 700 wins. She did this on December 18, 1997, against Northwestern University. She achieved her 800th win on January 22, 2003, against Texas Tech University, and her 900th win on March 6, 2007, against the University of Missouri. At the time, this milestone placed Conradt and Pat Summit (University of Tennessee) as the only coaches in men’s or women’s college basketball history to reach 900 wins, thus making Conradt one of the winningest coaches in the history of the sport.
Conradt has received many honors during her career. She was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame (Denton, Texas) in 1986, the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame (New York City, New York) in 1995, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (Waco, Texas) in 1998. In October of 1998 she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield, Massachusetts), becoming the second women’s basketball coach to receive this honor. Conradt was a member of the inaugural class of inductees into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (Knoxville, Tennessee) in 1999, and the inaugural class of the UT Women’s Athletics Hall of Honor in 2000 (Austin, Texas). Additionally, she was inducted into the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame at the Institute for International Sport (Providence, Rhode Island) in 2003. In 2010 she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (Kansas City, Missouri).
After a storied thirty-one-year career working at UT, Conradt retired in 2007. However, Conradt has continued to serve as special assistant to UT’s Women’s Athletics department as of 2018. In addition to her coaching, Conradt is well known for her community work. Specifically through raising money for scholarships through the Neighborhood Longhorns Program, promoting organizations such as Coaches vs. Cancer, the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, America’s Walk for Diabetes, and SafePlace––an Austin shelter for domestic violence victims. In 2003, she was awarded the Harvey Penick Award for Excellence in the Game of Life by Caritas, an organization based in Austin that specializes in fighting poverty and hunger.
The materials in this collection date from 1958–2017, with the bulk of the materials documenting the mid-1990s though 2007. The materials document Conradt’s work with women’s athletics from the beginning of her career through her retirement with the majority of the documents pertaining to her time at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT). The scrapbooks include information about her coaching career in softball, volleyball, and basketball at UTA, but the majority of the materials concern Conradt’s work as a coach with the UT women’s basketball team.
The documents consist primarily of newspaper clippings, magazines, correspondence, and scrapbooks related to Conradt’s time as a coach, administrator, and special assistant with women’s athletics both at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT). The collection also includes small artifacts and one floppy disk (2002–2003). Additionally, large posters are located in a map case (MMAP). These documents and artifacts help provide insight into Conradt’s life as a coach, public figure, and philanthropist. This collection brings to life Jody Conradt’s relationships with her fans, friends, family, and the deep, personal bond between Conradt and her team. These materials were chosen by Conradt to be preserved in her personal collection, and they represent critical moments in her life and career. Many of the newspaper clippings and articles are from the Austin American Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Daily Texan, and Goldthwaite Eagle. Additionally, there is a large amount of correspondence received from friends and fans between 2003–2007 noting multiple milestones that occurred during this time period, including Conradt reaching her 800th win (2003), the team’s Final Four loss to the University of Connecticut (2003), her 900th win (2006), and her retirement (2007).
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Jody Conradt Papers, 1958–2017, The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture & Sports, The University of Texas at Austin.
Zacharia Benalayat, Brady Cox, Samantha Lowrance, and Alejandra Martinez, 2018.
Accruals are expected.
Additional materials related to Jody Conradt can be found in the UT Women’s Basketball and Intercollegiate Athletics Collection, 1976-2006, which is held at the H.J Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports.