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Oklahoma women’s basketball assistant Jan Ross wins 2013 Carol Eckman Award

by Jason Kersey Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013
Oklahoma assistant coach Jan Ross, third from right, won the 2013 Carol Eckman Award. PHOTO PROVIDED BY OU ATHLETICS
Oklahoma assistant coach Jan Ross, third from right, won the 2013 Carol Eckman Award. PHOTO PROVIDED BY OU ATHLETICS

NORMAN — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced OU assistant Jan Ross as the winner of the 2013 Carol Eckman Award.

The honor is presented annually to “an active WBCA member coach who exemplifies Eckman’s spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose,” according to a news release from the OU athletic department.

In April 2012, Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer and is free of the disease today.

I wrote about Ross’ fight with cancer in early December. You can read that story here.

Eckman, the former West Chester State College coach, is considered the “Mother of the Women’s Collegiate Basketball Championship.” Eckman organized the first women’s basketball championship at West Chester in 1969 and continued to garner recognition and support for the women’s game until her death from cancer in 1985.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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