Carol Eckman

Class of 1999

  • Commonly referred to as the “Mother of National Collegiate Championships”
  • Established the first National Invitational Women’s Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament in 1969, hosting a 16-team tourney at West Chester State College, which served as a catalyst in the formation of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW)
  • Served as the head women’s basketball coach at West Chester State College from 1967 to 1972
  • Also coached one season at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1973) and four years at Lock Haven State College (1974-1977)
  • Guided West Chester to an undefeated season and the title of that first National Invitational Tournament in 1969
  • Recipient of the AIAW Merit Award for Leadership in 1982