Former director of WBCA Betty Jaynes dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2014 at 10:50 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014
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A native of Covington, Ga., Jaynes attended Newton County H.S. where she lettered in basketball for four years and was a two-time All-State selection. She helped lead her team to a 33-1 record and a berth in the 1963 Class AA state championship game in Atlanta her senior year. Jaynes earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Georgia College in 1967 and her Master of Science degree in the same field from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1968. She joined Madison College that year as an assistant professor of physical education with primary teaching duties in gymnastics, tennis and swimming.

Jaynes was the tournament director for the 1975 AIAW Large College National Basketball Championships, which boasted the first championship game sellout in the modern era of women's basketball.

"She's one of the reasons why we have an opportunity to make the salaries we do," Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. "She fought for us. ... it's a really sad day for women's college basketball coaches because Betty has been doing this for a long time."

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AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee in Knoxville contributed to this report.

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