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The Real Mighty Macs

It was 1971 ... and the real Cathy Rush was ahead of her time. Thankfully, the folks at Immaculata College (now University) did a good job of tracking those times. You can take a journey back to the early 1970s and the incredible run of the real Mighty Macs on a special site created by Immaculata. You can also discover information about current-day Immaculata University, which is located near Philadelphia.

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Meet Cathy Rush

Cathy Rush

A pioneer in women's sports, Cathy Rush was the basketball coach at Immaculata College for seven years, winning the first three Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) championships from 1972-74. At a time when women's basketball used archaic rules, Cathy taught her teams more aggressive tactics, similar to those used by men's teams, leading to excellent results.

Her overall accomplishments, including a record of 149-15 (a .909 winning percentage!), earned her induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. She was also a 2000 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

During her time at Immaculata, Cathy led players such as Theresa Shank Grentz, Rene Muth Portland, and Marianne Crawford Stanley, who became successful basketball coaches as well. In 1975, she coached the U.S. women's basketball to the Pan American Games gold medal. After retiring as a coach, Cathy became the first female commentator for women's basketball on national television in 1978. She has worked with NBC, CBS, ESPN, CBN, and PRISM.

Cathy is the founder and president of Future Stars Camps, which more than 100,000 children have attended. These camps, for both girls and boys, focus on basketball, field hockey, soccer, all sports, and sports and arts camps. A resident of Sarasota, Florida, Cathy has two sons and six grandchildren.