Greenberg Named to Big 5 Hall of Fame

PHILADELPHIA - Former University of Pennsylvania women's basketball head coach Kelly Greenberg was named a member of the 2012 Big 5 Hall of Fame Class by the city conference on Friday. Greenberg was the 2000-01 Big 5 Coach of the Year and led Penn to its only two Ivy titles.

Greenberg will be formally inducted on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at The Palestra. The other members of the Class of 2012 include Marc Jackson of Temple, Matt Maloney of Penn, Melissa Coursey of Saint Joseph's and Jenn Beisel of Villanova.

Greenberg will be inducted as an Explorer for her athletic achievements as a player at La Salle, but her five seasons at the helm of the Quakers (1999-04) are also included in her selection.

In just her second season at Penn, Greenberg led Penn to its first-ever Ivy League championship and earned the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2000-01. Penn finished 14-0 in league play that season - just the second team in Ivy history to accomplish that feat.

In 2003-04, Greenberg led the team back to the NCAA tournament as Penn recorded a 17-10 overall mark and an 11-3 record in Ivy League play.

Greenberg finished with an 84-54 career record at Penn, including a 51-19 mark in Ivy play. She currently holds the Ivy League record with the best career winning percentage (.609) and highest career Ivy winning percentage (.729).

As a player, Greenberg was a two-time All-Big 5 selection and helped the Explorers to three Big 5 Championships and NCAA Tournaments from 1985-89.

Currently the head coach at Boston University, Greenberg was the first player at La Salle to record a triple-double and set La Salle records for assists in a game (19), season (190) and career (512). She currently stands in second in all three categories.

Greenberg joins her brother, Chip, a La Salle point guard from 1982-86, in the Big 5 Hall of Fame. The Greenbergs are one of three sibling combinations in the Big 5 Hall of Fame, joining Bill (Temple) and Bob Mlkvy (Penn) and Joe (Villanova) and Ellen Ryan (Saint Joseph's).

Tickets for the Feb. 21 luncheon are on sale to the general public for $40 each. The event starts at 11:30 a.m., and tickets can be purchased by contacting Steve Crider at steve@philadelphiabig5.org.