Instead, she left disappointed, without a team uniform but bearing something far more valuable: The drive to make a difference for females in athletics.
A little over five decades later, that same little girl, now Joan Cronan, in the twilight of a career of making a difference for females in athletics, stood at a podium introducing her final coaching hire at the University of Tennessee. Ironically, it wasn't a new leader of a women's sport. It was Dave Serrano, Tennessee's new baseball coach.
To read more of the feature about UT's Joan Cronan, written for the SEC Digital Network by Brian Rice, please go to the link below:
- SEC Digital Network: SEC 40/40: Cronan's Career Fueled By Being Denied Opportunity