In 1985, Jane Albright accepted an invitation from Kay Yow and Nora Lynn Finch to run the offense station at an FCA girl’s basketball camp in Marshall, Indiana. Albright had never heard of FCA before that week, but it was there she first learned what a personal relationship with Jesus looked like. Furthermore, she was inspired to combine her coaching career with her faith.
During her eight-year stint on the national board of directors, Albright became a voice for greater inclusion within FCA. She advocated for female athletes, coaches, and a greater diversity of sports specific ministry.
Albright’s coaching career started as a graduate assistant for the legendary Pat Summitt, and was part of the University of Tennessee’s first NCAA Final Four team in 1982. After a brief stint as an assistant at Cincinnati, Albright moved into the head coaching ranks where she served in that capacity at Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Wichita State and Nevada. She has led her teams to a combined nine NCAA Tournament appearances and led Wisconsin to the 2000 Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) title.
Albright is the winningest coach at two programs (Wisconsin and Northern Illinois). She coached USA Basketball’s gold medal winning team at the Jones Cup in 1996 and was twice named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association District IV Coach of the Year (1990 and 1995).
In 2009, Albright received FCA’s annual Kay Yow “Heart of a Coach Award,” which honors a women’s basketball coach who has coached according to Biblical principles.