Hall of fame Clemson coach Tribble passes away

CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) - Clemson Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Annie Tribble died Thursday after a battle with cancer.

Tribble died in a hospice care facility in Anderson at the age of 80.

Tribble served as Clemson's women's basketball coach from the 1976-77 season through the 1986-87 season. During that span, she led the Lady Tigers to at least 20 wins seven times. Clemson also advanced to postseason play seven times, including the inaugural NCAA Tournament in 1982.

The Clemson graduate had a record of 200-135 during her 11-season tenure and had 22 wins over top-25 teams, including wins over seventh-ranked Tennessee, 13th-ranked South Carolina, and second-ranked Old Dominion in a two-week span in 1981. Clemson won the ACC regular season title that year, the first ACC championship of any kind in Clemson basketball history.

Earlier this week, Tribble was presented with two honors by Bill D'Andrea, director of Clemson's Tiger Letterman's Association. Tribble received the key to the city of Clemson and was also presented with a plaque that named the Clemson head women's basketball coaches office in her honor.

"Annie Tribble was a pioneer of women's athletics at Clemson," said D'Andrea, who was a member of Danny Ford's football staff while Tribble was leading the women's program. "She did so much for our overall athletic program with the way she represented the department. She was so well respected in the women's basketball community. After retirement she was such supporter of all of our programs. She will be missed."

In addition to being a member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame, Tribble is also a member of the State of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.