On October 27, Cathy Rush, Head Women's Basketball Coach of Immaculata from 1972 to 1977 will be on ClearVoice™ to discuss The Mighty Macs, a new film based on the true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team that started in obscurity but became the original Cinderella story in women's basketball. This team of pioneers went from barely making that inaugural tournament to the first dynasty in their game.
A pioneer in women's sports, Cathy Rush was the basketball coach at Immaculata College for seven years, winning the first three Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) championships from 1972-74. At a time when women's basketball used archaic rules, Cathy taught her teams more aggressive tactics, similar to those used by men's teams, leading to excellent results.
Cathy’s overall accomplishments, including a record of 149-15 (a .909 winning percentage), earned her induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. She was also a 2000 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
During her time at Immaculata, Cathy led players such as Theresa Shank Grentz, Rene Muth Portland, and Marianne Crawford Stanley, who became successful basketball coaches as well. In 1975, she coached the U.S. women's basketball to the Pan American Games gold medal. After retiring as a coach, Cathy became the first female commentator for women's basketball on national television in 1978. She has worked with NBC, CBS, ESPN, CBN, and PRISM.
The Mighty Macs stars Carla Gugino as Cathy Rush; David Boreanaz as her husband, NBA referee Ed Rush; Marley Shelton as Sister Sunday; and Academy Award, Tony Award & Primetime Emmy Award winner Ellen Burstyn as Mother St. John. The film was written, directed, and produced by Tim Chambers. The film's executive producers are Pat Croce, the former president of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, and Vince Curran, a successful businessman and former basketball star at Penn. Curran and Chambers are founders and partners of Quaker Media.
Also appearing on the October 27, 2011 episode of ClearVoice™ is Amanda Lopez, winner of the Voice of an Angel Season 2 competition. Voice of an Angel is a singing competition with a higher purpose, premiering in 2007 as a competition for high schools in the South Florida community.