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Bertha F. Teague

Enshrined 1985
Carthage, MO
September 17, 1906 - June 13, 1991

Biography

Known as "Mrs. Basketball of Oklahoma," coach Bertha Teague held the record for most wins at the girl's high school level until 1991. During her 42 years (1927 to 1969) coaching at Byng High School in Ada, Oklahoma, Teague compiled an astonishing 1,157-115 record, a .910 winning percentage. Teague's teams competed in 22 regional, 38 conference and 40 district tournaments and won eight Oklahoma state titles. From 1936 to 1939, her teams won 98 consecutive games. Like many leading coaches, Bertha Teague never played the game she so successfully mastered. But few coaches in any sport can match Bertha Teague's coaching success or dedication.

Career Highlights

Eight Oklahoma state championships and seven runner-ups
Compiled 36 20-plus win seasons, including 28 consecutive from 1930 to 1957
Founded the first girl's basketball clinic and camp in the Southwest
Coach of the Decade (1930s, 1940s, 1960s) by Jim Thorpe Athletic Awards Committee, 1974