GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG women's basketball coach Lynne Agee will be one of 10 members of William Fleming High School's inaugural Hall of Fame class. She will be inducted Friday in Roanoke, Va.
"It's a thrill," Agee said. "It's a walk down memory lane and it makes you go back and reminisce. You don't plan on these things happening to you. I've just been very blessed. A lot of good people make things happen for you. In coaching, players and other coaches who have worked with me have helped us achieve. You don't make it happen yourself.
I have a lot of people to thank for this award. It's overwhelming to me."
Agee is a 1967 graduate of Fleming High School, and played several sports there, including volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis. After graduating from Longwood, Agee returned to Fleming to coach the basketball team from 1971-78. She compiled a 94-16 record in seven years at the helm, guiding the squad to seven league titles, four district championships and one regional title. Agee also coached the volleyball and tennis teams upon her return to Fleming and was the head of the Physical Education Department.
From there, Agee became coach at Roanoke College, where she amassed a 46-23 record in her first three years at the collegiate level.
Agee came to UNCG in 1981, turning around a program that had had just one winning season in the seven prior to her arrival. The Spartans went 25-3 in Agee's first season at the helm, falling in the NCAA Division III national championship game, 67-66, in overtime.
Now entering her 30th season at UNCG, Agee boasts a 589-318 career record and quite a resume. She has posted 17 20-win seasons, has won 13 conference championships, is 12th among active coaches in wins and was the first coach to take a school to the NCAA tournament in all three divisions. She has also won seven league coach of the year awards.
Agee has already been enshrined in two halls of fame, as she became UNCG's first-ever active coach to earn a spot in UNCG's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. She is also in the hall as the coach of the 1981-82 squad, which was inducted in 2007, and as coach of UNCG's 1983 women's tennis team, which was the national runner-up that year. That team was inducted in 2008.
Agee is also a member of the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. She was inducted in 2008.
Joining Agee in Fleming's Hall of Fame's first class are Benjamin Barnett, Robert Crenshaw, Charlene Curtis – who played basketball for Agee at Fleming, was her assistant at Roanoke College and coached against her once while at Temple – R. Donald Divers, George Miller, the late Fred Smith, John St. Clair, Lee Suggs and Robert Wingfield.
Selection to the Fleming Hall of Fame requires a unanimous vote by the nine-member selection committee.
"It's a great honor," Agee said. "We were a big high school. You never imagine your life or your career will take you somewhere like that. I've been fortunate, very fortunate, in Roanoke as well as here. I've had an opportunity to be successful in several different paths and that's just thanks to all the people that have touched me and mentored me over the years. I am very honored to have been chosen for the inaugural class of this hall of fame with such talented people."
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