WASHINGTON, D.C. – The story of the 2009-10 Gallaudet University women's basketball team will be told to the loyal readers of the Washington Post and the world on Saturday, April 3, as the Bison are featured in a column by Mike Wise in the sports section. Wise, an award-winning journalist with The Post for the past three years and the New York Times for 10 years before that, came to Kendall Green on Thursday afternoon to speak with Coach Kevin Cook and junior center Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.). Wise writes a moving and beautiful story about Coach Cook and what he has endured over the past year.
Here is a brief excerpt from the story:
"See, after the tragedy and the tears, something special happened: Gallaudet, perennial doormat, got good.
By compiling a 14-12 record, Faafiti and her teammates won more games in one season than the program won in the previous three years combined, and it was Gallaudet's best record in 10 years. After losing 63 straight Capital Athletic Conference games, the Bison won one for the first time in five years this season.
And that team that laid the wood on Gallaudet, 101-26, in Cook's first season? St. Mary's went down hard in February, but only after Cook changed into an all-pink suit at halftime during a breast cancer awareness charity night."
The complete story can be viewed in Saturday's newspaper or
The column in the newspaper comes several days before Coach Cook will receive the prestigious Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Carol Eckman Award on Tuesday, April 6, in San Antonio, Texas, the site of the 2010 NCAA Division I Final Four.
The Saturday edition of the Washington Post is a must have for all Bison fans as a second feature on Gallaudet athletics is in the sports section. Washington Post reporters Mark Viera and Zach Berman spoke with the GU baseball team on Friday about the big win the Bison had on Thursday that ended a 13-year conference losing streak. The feature focuses on the historic win and what a relief for the program that is heading in the right direction under Coach Curtis Pride.
Two features in one edition of the Washington Post, one of the leading newspapers in the nation, is a first for Gallaudet University athletics.