Dorothy Gaters, girls basketball coach at Chicago Marshall High School for 45 years and 2018 inductee into the National High School Hall of Fame, retired last month. She finishes her career with 1,153 wins and 10 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state titles.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Gaters decided before this season to retire from coaching. She wants to spend time with her great-grandchildren, Tristian and Darius.
“I’ve helped other people with their kids over the years; now I have to help with my own,” said the 75-year-old Gaters.
“She absolutely is a pioneer,” said Craig Anderson, the executive director of the Illinois High School Association, which hosted its first girls basketball state tournament in 1976. “It was challenging for girls sports to just get off the ground and it’s incredibly fun to be able to celebrate where we are today.”
DePaul Women's Basketball Coach Doug Bruno: “Dorothy is Chicago girls basketball,” Bruno said. “Once you were blessed to coach a Dorothy Gaters-coached player, that’s one of the most pleasurable moments you can have in coaching. Every player I had that she coached was smart, coachable and unbelievably tough. She coached them. She didn’t coddle them.”