On November 19, 2005, Head Coach Jodi Gault joined an elite group of NCAA Division II women’s basketball coaches when her Lady Cats defeated Tiffin (OH) University, 81-71, at the University of Findlay (OH) Tournament. With that win, Coach Gault became only the eighth coach in Women’s Division II Basketball history to reach 500 coaching victories.
I presented Coach Gault with a plaque commemorating her milestone victory prior to the Lady Cats’ 2005-06 home opener against Salem International (WV) University on Sunday, December 4. That day, Pitt Johnstown defeated the Tigers, 76-47, giving Coach Gault 504 career wins.In her 24th season, Coach Gault has compiled a 504-143 overall record and has led her teams to 14 NCAA post-season tournaments. Her teams have averaged nearly 21 wins per season and have been nationally-ranked in 13 different seasons.
Coach Gault’s 504 victories and .780 winning percentage rank eighth all-time among Division II women’s coaches. Among active Division II women’s coaches, Coach Gault is seventh in victories and eighth in winning percentage.
Along with the 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, Coach Gault has guided her teams to five East Regional titles and a trip to the Final Four by defeating top-ranked Delta State in 1987.
In her tenure, Coach Gault has coached 18 of the 21 Pitt Johnstown All-Americans, including nine Kodak/WBCA All-Americans.
Coach Gault, a former standout player at Slippery Rock University, was inducted in the Slippery Rock Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Please join me in congratulating Coach Gault for this great accomplishment.