Former Georgia Tech women’s basketball coach Agnus Berenato has been named the Yellow Jackets’ 2014 ACC Women’s Basketball Legend. The Conference will be honoring members of the 10th annual class of ACC Women’s Basketball Legends on March 5-9, at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
Berenato is the winningest coach in Georgia Tech women’s basketball history, with a career record of 223-209 after 17 seasons on the Flats.
After two seasons as an assistant, Berenato became the head coach of the Yellow Jackets in 1988. Within her first three years of being head coach, she led the Yellow Jackets to their first national championship by winning the National Women’s Invitational Tournament in 1992. Berenato also led the Jackets to six post season appearances in 1992, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Not only did Coach Berenato instill the love of the game in her players, she also expected academic excellence in the classroom. During her tenure as head coach at Tech, every student-athlete who played for her and completed their eligibility, earned a degree from Georgia Tech – a feat rarely accomplished by any coach in any collegiate sport.
Berenato stated, “I am honored and excited to represent Georgia Tech as their 2014 ACC Legend.” Adding, “I have special memories of many people, events and activities at Georgia Tech.”
Coach Berenato was very passionate about the game of basketball, but she also had a passion about the players that played for her. She was a player’s coach, one that cared about her players on and off of the court, and openly showed her passion on the court, off the court and in the community as well. Berenato was instrumental in starting and funding two scholarship funds in the community, and has also been involved with Girls and Boys Club, Girls Scouts, and a Battered Women’s Shelter.
Being honored as Georgia Tech’s legend is a very nice honor to receive, but being a legend in the minds of former players players and within the community is priceless.
Coach Berenato, I tip my hat to you for your accomplishments, passion for the game of basketball and your love for your fellow man.