Memorial Service on Monday for Legendary Coach Annie Tribble

ANDERSON, S.C. – A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Pendleton First Baptist Church for the late Annie Tribble, who died this past Thursday at the Rainey Hospice House after waging a courageous battle against cancer. 

Prior to the home doubleheader on Jan. 28, 2012, the Abney Athletic Center hardwood was named “Annie Tribble Court” in honor of the longtime head women’s basketball coach. With several of her former players on hand, Tribble was honored by friends as well as current and past colleagues and administrators at courtside.

In addition, a portrait was unveiled that is displayed in the lobby of the Abney Center of the coach who revived the Anderson women’s basketball program in 1967. In her first six seasons, Anderson posted an impressive 66-19 record and recorded one national runner-up finish and she went on to guide the Lady Trojans to three national championships.

Coach Tribble, a native of Anderson and a graduate of Girls High School and Anderson College, led the Trojans to the first of three AIAW junior college national championships in 1974. The Lady Trojans also won national titles in 1975 and 1976 with Tribble amassing a stellar 155-33 record at the helm of the Anderson College program.

Following the 1975-76 campaign, she was named the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson University and went on to guide the Lady Tigers to seven seasons of 20 wins or more and seven postseason tournament appearances.

She coached five All-Americans and eight all-conference players during her time as a head coach and was honored as the South Carolina Coach of the Year in 1977 and also served as the South Team coach for the National Sports Festival games in 1981. Tribble played a major role on the U.S. Olympic Committee that was instrumental in selecting the 1976 U.S. Silver Medal team.

She was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and is a member of the Anderson University and Clemson University Athletic Halls of Fame. In 2011, she was honored as an Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Legend.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn Tribble; two sons, John Arthur Tribble (Donna) and Andrew Glenn Tribble (Jessica), eleven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren; her sisters Patsy Stephens McCall of Monroeville, Alabama, Sandra Stephens Tatum of Anderson, and Mary Bess Stephens Johnson (Chris)of Ridgeway, S.C.

Monday’s memorial service will conducted by Dr. Courtney Krueger and Rev. Jennifer Clung Rygg. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Annie Claire Stephens Tribble Women’s Basketball Scholarship, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, S.C. 29621; Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, S.C. 29621; or Pendleton First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 187, Pendleton, SC 29670. For those who wish to provide food for the family, please bring light refreshments to the church social hall by 10:45 a.m. Monday.

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