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What Are They Saying About Bibbs?

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 02/27/2012
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A&T women's basketball coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs (left) sits next to 2009 MEAC Player of the Year Brittanie Taylor-James. Photo by Charles E. Watkins
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"When you think about the type of preparation it takes to prepare for an opponent. When you think about the type of time it takes to instruct your team on your next opponent. When you think about what goes into being a winner and being successful and staying in the coaching profession, it makes coach Bibbs' 500 wins all that more impressive. So much more goes into coaching than X's and O's. You have to make sure your players are being successful on the court, in the classroom and in life. You are guiding 18, 19, and 20-year olds into adulthood, which any parent will tell you is no easy task. We are proud she is doing it here at North Carolina A&T and the Aggie family thinks the achievement is absolutely incredible."

Earl Hilton III, the North Carolina A&T Director of Athletics 

"She has always been worthy, there is no need to further validate that she is a great coach in my eyes. But this milestone does validate her alongside her peers. She really is a great coach and she is now being honored with the best of them.  This accomplishment shows that there is a place for black women in coaching. All of her hard work and commitment has truly paid off."

 

Elsie Dillard-Gonzalez, a guard who played under Bibbs at Grambling from 1986-90

"Coach Bibbs and I have always shared our experiences and professional challenges in college athletics," Agee said. "We have expressed pride in our longevity in this profession and have watched the sport of women's basketball grow over the years.  I have great respect for Coach Bibbs and the accomplishments she has achieved."

Lynne Agee, former UNCG head women's basketball coach and winner of 602 games

"Coach Bibbs does an excellent job of making things as plain as possible to her players as far as what she does offensively and defensively on the floor," Brown said. "It is a credit to her that she is able to get them to understand fully how to play the game of basketball. She is a master recruiter. She gets great talent and puts that talent to work with excellent offensive and defensive game plans, that makes her win."

Derek Brown, Coppin State head women's basketball coach.

"She allowed us to have input. She asked for our input. We had an experienced team at the time, so if we suggested playing a zone, she trusted us enough to believe we knew what we were looking at out there, so it was time to go zone. I hope she continues to win. I'm happy for her 500th win because it means the winning tradition we started at A&T is still going."

Amber Bland, a guard who played under Bibbs at North Carolina A&T from 2006-09

"My relationship with her has been competitive, but we have a great deal of respect between us on the court.  It's an honor to watch her reach 500.  I think it's a definite testimony to who she is as an individual, who she is as a coach and the university she represents."

Ed Davis, Delaware State women's basketball coach

 "She has been able to take any program to new heights. Even after she left Grambling, I watched her take Hampton and A&T to the top. She is a great coach and an even better person. Our relationship has never changed; she has always been just a phone call away."

 Shiakiea Carter, a guard who played under Bibbs at Grambling from 1994-97

"I think it's a tremendous milestone for Coach Bibbs and for the storied legacy that she's left behind and is continuing to leave behind," Blair said.  "She's completely dedicated herself to her programs and her young ladies."

Vanessa Blair, Bethune-Cookman head women's basketball coach.

 "She had a winners mindset and emphasized the importance of winning in the classroom and then on the court. She genuinely wanted us to be successful in all aspects of our lives. She taught me to go after what I wanted and keep pushing to be better. What I respect most about coach Bibbs is that she made sure all of her girls graduated from college."

Lynetta Sullivan, a forward who played on Bibbs' 2003-04 MEAC Championship team

"This is a huge testament to her career. She is fortunate enough to win so many games, when some coaches aren't even in the business long enough to coach 500 games.  This is a testament to her longevity as a coach."

Danielle Dawson, a current assistant women's basketball coach at Delaware State and a guard under Bibbs from 1997-99

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