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Fun Fact: Petersen unique among basketball coaches

Mike PetersenMike Petersen, who is in his first year of coaching the Mean Green women’s basketball team, holds a unique distinction among all basketball coaches in the nation. What is it?

A. He has run in more than a dozen marathons.

B. He has coached NCAA Division I basketball and football teams.

C. He has coached athletes that have played in the NBA and WNBA.

D. He teaches a music class along with his basketball duties.

The answer is C. Petersen is the only coach in the nation who has coached college athletes who have gone on to play in the NBA and WNBA professional leagues. He coached Anita Maxwell, who played forward for the WNBA's Cleveland Rockers, while at New Mexico State University from 1992-1996, and Terrell Brandon, who played for several NBA teams in the 1990s, while at the University of Oregon in the late 1980s. 

Petersen, above at a team practice, also coached at Gonzaga University, Texas Christian University and, most recently, Wake Forest University, where he led the women's team to post-season tournaments in three of the last four seasons.

The Mean Green women’s basketball team – which is in contention to win the Sun Belt Western division - will participate in the annual Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Play 4Kay game Feb. 9 in the Super Pit. The women will play at 5 p.m. versus Florida International University.Play 4 Kay women's basketball cancer awareness program

Play 4Kay, a national event previously known as the Pink Zone game, began in 2007. Proceeds benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research. More than 150 colleges and universities participate each year and games and activities have raised more than $4.5 million. 

  • Support the UNT’s basketball event at the national website.

Spirit groups and staff will wear pink, and the UNT Bookstore will sell pink T-shirts at the Super Pit. All proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Coaches, players and fans are encouraged to wear pink or add a touch of pink to their green gear to show support for the annual event and its cause.

  • Enter to win a pair of tickets to the Feb. 9 Play for Kay game by sending an email to InHouse with “Pink” in the subject line by 5 p.m. Feb. 1
  • Enter to win a UNT gift pack (T-shirt, lapel pin, water bottle, shopping bag) by sending an email to InHouse with “Spirit” in the subject line by 5 p.m. Feb. 1. Winners for both give-aways will be selected at random from all responses.
  • Or, purchase a Mean Green Pride - We're All In shirt, wear it to the games to be admitted free to both the women's game and the 7 p.m. men's game.

The season's remaining home games, all at the Super Pit, for the Mean Green women's basketball team are:

  • 5 p.m., Feb. 7 - Western Kentucky
  • 5 p.m., Feb. 9 - Play for Kay versus Florida International 
  • 7 p.m., Feb. 20 – Florida Atlantic University
  • 7 p.m., Feb. 27 – Arkansas State

The Sun Belt Conference tournament for men and women will be March 8-11 in Hot Springs, Ark. The winners earns a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Remaining men's home games are:

  • 7 p.m., Feb. 7 - Western Kentucky
  • 7 p.m. Feb. 9 - Florida International 
  • 7 p.m., Feb. 21 – Florida Atlantic University
  • 7 p.m., Feb. 28 – Arkansas State

Both teams will join Conference USA next season.

More than 150 colleges and universities schedule an annual basketball game to raise funds. Both The V Foundation, named for Jim Valvano, former head coach at North Carolina State University, and the Yow fund, named for North Carolina State women’s coach Kay Yow, support cancer treatment research. Valvano's team won the national championship in 1983 and he died from cancer in 1993. Yow, who led her team to the NCAA Final Four in 1998, died from cancer in 2009.

Don’t forget to wear green on Feb. 1 and every Friday, stop by the Green Pride Station by Willis Library and have your UNT ID swiped. You'll be eligible to win a $50 gift card at the UNT Bookstore.

Wear green around town every Friday and take advantage of merchandise and food discounts at participating Denton and North Texas stores.

 (Photo by Michael Clements)


Posted on: Fri 25 January 2013

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