For Army Women, V is for Valvano

New coach led Army women's basketball team to Comeback Award, in honor of former coach
By Patrick Hopkins,  Newser User
Posted Apr 1, 2007 3:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Army women's basketball team, whose coach, Maggie Dixon, died suddenly last April, will receive the V Foundation Comeback Award this April for making her proud:  Under new coach Dave Magarity, the team set a school record for wins in a season, with 24.

"It was clear what my mission was —to keep her memory alive and continue to do that for years to come." Margity said.  "I can't tell you how special these kids are and how well they’ve handled everything they've gone through. The award is named for Jim Valvano, former NC State coach who died of cancer in 1993, shortly after founding The V Foundation, which raises money for cancer research.