July 18, 2013
ChicagoSide Sports' 25 Chicago Sports Legends
EVANSTON, Ill. -- In one of the winningest and most historic sports cities in the world, Northwestern women's lacrosse head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller was recently tabbed one of the 25 greatest Chicago sports legends by ChicagoSideSports.com. Amonte Hiller, winner of seven NCAA championships with the Wildcats program she built from scratch in 2002, is the only female and the only active coach or athlete on the distinct list.
Checking in at No. 22, Amonte Hiller also is the highest-ranking individual on the list who is most closely associated with collegiate rather than professional sports. She is joined by such legendary names as Butkus, Banks, Ditka, Pippen, Hull, Reinsdorf and of course Michael Jordan.
ChicagoSide's rationale for naming Amonte Hiller to its illustrious list is as follows:
"If Phil Jackson is revered in this town for winning six championships, shouldn't we have an artist working on an Amonte Hiller statue pronto? The Northwestern University women's lacrosse coach has seven NCAA championships under her belt, along with seven Coach of the Year awards, and is already in two halls of fame (Lacrosse and Italian-American), and yet it feels like she's just getting started. NU hadn't even had a varsity women's lax team in 10 years until Amonte Hiller showed up, resurrected it, and then piloted it to an undefeated season and its first national championship in 2005. The team has gone on to win seven trophies in nine years, and under Amonte Hiller's stewardship, Northwestern has produced 45 All-Americans, and taken down 11 player-of-the-year awards (by position). Forget the championships, if the mark of a great coach is making her players the best they can be, Amonte Hiller is clearly one of the all-time greats."
Read the complete list of ChicagoSide's Chicago sports legends by clicking here.
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