Project Description

Narrated by Hall of Famer, Bill Walton, It’s All in the Game is about Leta Andrews, the winningest high school basketball coach in U.S. history. During her career Leta posted 1,416 wins and too many honors to mention.  Her story is quite compelling; she entered the coaching profession in the 1960s, in an era before Title IX.  Her early career has been described as an anomaly because most, if not all, of her high school coaching competitors were men. During those days, as one of the few women coaches, Leta had to constantly prove herself. And she did. Players recognized Leta as a tough, demanding coach who expected the best from her “young ladies”— both on and off the court. No exceptions. She played no favorites, not even with her own three daughters whom she coached (and all three would go on to play for the University of Texas). Leta witnessed firsthand the evolution of girls’ basketball including the change from half court to full court; 6-players to 5-players; and the 3-point shot.

At the age of 76, Leta retired in 2014, after 52 years of coaching girls basketball. Among her honors and awards, she was inducted into the National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. She also has been a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.