WBGU-PBS chronicles BGSU women's basketball

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Women’s basketball at Bowling Green State University has come a long way since its earliest beginnings in 1918, when two literary societies began playing against each other.

From the driving force of Dorothy Luedtke, the program’s founder, to the University’s most successful head coach Curt Miller, BGSU women’s basketball fans can experience the program’s proud history, thanks to a recently completed WBGU-PBS documentary “BGSU Women’s Basketball: A Legacy of Excellence.”

The hour and 42-minute program covers the early years of women’s basketball, prior to its founding as an intercollegiate sport in 1962, and includes highlights from each of the nine head coaches’ tenure. Interviews with coaches and players, archival photographs and video highlights are featured.

“This documentary truly was a three-year labor of love,” says producer/writer and BGSU alumnus Larry Weiss. “My wife, Fran, and I have enjoyed supporting this outstanding basketball program over the years and developing close relationships with the players and coaches.”

Upon his retirement from BGSU in 2007, Weiss, the former associate vice president for university relations and governmental affairs, asked then President Sidney Ribeau about projects he might work on part-time for the University. Ribeau asked him to co-chair BGSU’s Centennial Anniversary Commission and pull together the history of women’s basketball at the University.

Former BGSU head coach Sue Hager joined the effort and the two collaborated as producer/writers, along with Associate Producer/Writer/Editor Tom Zapiecki and Associate Producer/Editor Tony Howard, with the full support of President Carol Cartwright.

Through October, copies of the DVD may be purchased from WBGU-TV for $30 (includes shipping and handling), with $10 of that amount going directly to support the BGSU’s women’s basketball program. To purchase the DVD, contact Cari Tuttle at WBGU-PBS at 419-372-7024 or place an online order on the station’s secure website, http://wbgu.org/shop.

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Editor’s Note: A 12.5 minute video clip can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/35f3ylm. Media screeners are also available by contacting Deb Boyce, at 419-372-7023, or dboyce@bgsu.edu.


(Posted August 24, 2010 )