DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Ole Miss to honor Gator hoops coach Gillom, sister

What better way to celebrate a big achievement than share it with a family member?
Xavier assistant varsity basketball coach and physical education teacher Jennifer Gillom and her sister, Peggie Gillom-Granderson, both former basketball stars at the University of Mississippi, will be honored with the 2017 Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy.
The sisters will be honored on April 22 at an awards event and dinner at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
Gillom played at Ole Miss from 1982-86 and was awarded the Southeast Conference Female Athlete of the Year. She was the school’s second-highest scorer and third-highest rebounder.
She became popular in the Phoenix area as a member of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury from 1997-2002. She also played in Europe and later became a WNBA coach. She also was Xavier’s head coach for a brief period.
In 1988, Gillom earned an Olympic Gold Medal as a player and picked up another Gold in 2012 as a coach of Team USA.
Gillom-Granderson still holds the record as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Ole Miss, from 1976-80. She went on to play for the WNBA’s Dallas Diamonds in 1980, then coached in the WNBA before returning to Ole Miss to coach from 1981 to 1997.
She also coached the Houston Comets in 1997-99, which saw the team win the WNBA championship both years. From 1999 to 2003, she was head coach at Texas A&M University and served as assistant coach for Team USA in the 2000 Olympics, leading the team to capture gold.
Gillom-Granderson returned to Ole Miss as a coach from 2003-09, when she retired. She also serves as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ women’s chaplain at Ole Miss.
Established in 2000, by a group of female leaders and philanthropists, the OMWC nurtures the development of students who have the potential to graduate and improve their communities through leadership. Council members promote philanthropy to sponsor innovative programs that attract and develop students through leadership, scholarship, mentoring and cultural experiences.
Congratulations to you and your sister, Coach Jen, for this wonderful honor !!

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