Randy Tuggle, Greensboro School womens basketball coach, dies | Sports activities
Greensboro College womens basketball coach Randy Tuggle was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2019. He said in February that he was ready to try anything to fight it. “I’m not slowing down,” he told News & Record columnist Ed Hardin. “We will fight and we will never stop fighting.”
Khadejeh Nikouyeh, News & Record
GREENSBORO – Greensboro College and the community grieve for Pride basketball coach Randy Tuggle after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Tuggle, whose 198 wins are the most in program history, died Thursday at the age of 62, the college said.
Tuggle led Greensboro to the 2011 Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament and was named Trainer of the Year for the US South and D3Hoops.com. Greensboro won seven regular season and five tournament championships in the United States South.
“Randy was a longtime friend and colleague who inspired not just the young women he coached but everyone in the Greensboro College community,” said Pride sports director Kim Strable in a press release.
Katie Lewis, a senior from Pleasant Garden on the 2019-20 Pride team, said in February that Tuggle was an inspiration to the players who, in turn, tried to inspire him.
“We have a great man for a coach,” she told News & Record columnist Ed Hardin. “I have a lot of respect for him. In everything he has plans in his life, he stays true to his word, comes to practice and play and supports us, even though we all know that he is going through difficult times. We’re trying to help him keep him from doing things. “
After his diagnosis, Tuggle raised awareness of pancreatic cancer and shared his story, even calling his fight worthwhile.