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Kaye Cowher dies

Posted on: July 24, 2010 9:12 am
Edited on: July 24, 2010 9:19 am
Some sad news to report out of North Carolina. Kaye Cowher, the wife of former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, died Friday at the age of 54 after succumbing to skin cancer.

Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obituary at this link .

The two met at North Carolina State where Kay and her twin sister Fay – who later appeared together in a Wrigley Doublemint gum commercial – were basketball players. And apparently, pretty good ones. From the story:

Tall at 5-foot-11, Mrs. Cowher displayed an inside power game that made her one of the first young women in her home state to receive a college athletic scholarship.

Her teams at North Carolina State went 21-3 and 29-5, respectively, winning the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball title in 1978 with a 9-0 record and ranking No. 3 nationally.

Faye and Kaye later played for the Women's Professional Basketball League, where Mrs. Cowher was among the pioneers in the early days of Title IX. They played one season with the New York Stars and two with the New Jersey Gems, competing against notable stars Carol Blazejowski and Nancy Lieberman.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 3:11 pm

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Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: July 24, 2010 10:46 am

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My condolences to the Cowher family for the loss. 

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2010 10:01 am

Kaye Cowher dies

Horrible, horrible news. Our hearts go out to Coach Cowher and his daughters. Keep "the chin" up Bill!

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