7. Kelly Graves: A Family Affair


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Oregon women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves has seen it all. From coaching at the junior college ranks to reaching the Final Four at the Division One level, the Oregon women’s basketball mentor has had transcending success. But for Graves, success is more than what happens on the basketball court. Graves values family. And togetherness. And people. Those are not empty catchwords for him or his program. He was taught early on his coaching career that those things really matter. As a head coach, Graves has won 13 regular season conference titles and reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times. In tournament play, he boasts one trip to the Final Four, four career trips to the Elite Eight and six total Sweet 16 appearances. His teams have won 20-plus games in 13 of the last 14 seasons and 18 total times overall. His teams win. And people love to watch his teams. They are now a must-see attraction in Eugene. But the reason behind the wins and the crowds - Graves thinks it’s pretty simple.

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