Nell Fortner is a famous name in American College Basketball. Born on March 3, 1959, the former women’s college basketball coach at Auburn led her team to gold medal in 2000 Olympics. From 2001-2004, she kept herself little far from basketball and worked as TV analyst for ESPN. Basketball being in her blood, she could not keep herself far from it, so she returned back as a head women’s basketball coach for Auburn University in 2004. Later on, she resigned from Auburn coach and again started her career as a TV analyst for ESPN.
BACKGROUND & HER RISE TO FAME
Nell Fortner graduated from New Braunfels High School where she made her identity as a Parade All-American and an all-state basketball selection. She has a master degree in education from Stephen F. Austin. Nell Fortner who is a famous name in College Basketball had grabbed attention towards her in volleyball as well. From 1978-81, she played for the University of Texas, where she was awarded dual a scholarship in basketball and volleyball. During her days in Texas, Texas reached national ranking in women’s basketball for the first time and placed in seventh place in AIAW national tournament. She is among the four women who played the highest number of game for Texas with 142 games played.
During her career, she scored 1466 points for Texas and listed herself in a list of top scorer from Texas. She also led Texas volleyball team to the AIAW National Championship in 1981.Fortner joined USA basketball team in 1978 Olympic Festival and helped the team to win the silver medal.
“It’s well overdue. It’s time for a new facility — I don’t know how else to put it. Auburn has done a nice job with a lot of other facilities. Basketball has been neglected. It’s very encouraging that Auburn wants to head in that direction.” Nell Fortner
While coming to her coaching career, she has been coaching at the high school, college, pro and international level for more than two decades. She began her coaching career from Killen High School, Texas. She led US National Basketball team to gold medal in various tournaments such as Sydney Olympic 2000, 1998 Berlin Olympic and William Jones Cup in 1998. She served National team, WNBA and Auburn as a head coach during her career and lead them to various achievement.
ACHIEVEMENTS & PERSONAL FIGURE
Talking about her achievement, she has received a number of awards in her career. She bagged awards such as National Coach of the year- Basketball times in 1997, Big Ten Coach of the year in 1997 and SEC Coach of the year in 2008.
Coming to her personal life, some reports tells that Fortner may be having some affair with a gay woman Robin Robert, but such rumors are hard to believe and there is no any authenticate source revealing it. She remained silent about her marital status, past affairs, and boyfriend. As Fortner remains private about her personal matters, she has not revealed her earnings and net worth. She has a height of 6’ 0’’ and weight around 65 kg.