ANN MEYERS

DRYSDALE

BIOGRAPHY



            

Enshrined as a player in the FIBA Hall of Fame on 12th September 2007

 


Born on 26th March 1955, in San Diego (California), U.S.A.
Nationality: United States Citizen
Height: 1.75 m
Position: Guard 


Teams:

  1. UCLA (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women -AIAW-): 1974-1978

  2. New Jersey Gems (Women's Professional Basketball League -WBL-): 1979-1980



Ann Elizabeth Meyers Drysdale (born Ann Elizabeth Meyers on March 26, 1955 in San Diego, CA) is a retired American basketball player and sportscaster. She is a major figure in the history of women's basketball and sports journalism. A standout player in high school, college, the Olympic Games, international tournaments, and the professional levels, she is one of the most talented women to ever have played the game.


Meyers Drysdale was the first player to be part of the U.S. National team while still in high school. She was the first woman at UCLA to be signed to a four-year athletic scholarship for college; at UCLA She was also the only woman to sign a contract with a National Basketball Association team, the Indiana Pacers (1979).


Meyers Drysdale currently resides in Huntington Beach, California, and Phoenix, AZ, where she serves as the vice president for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the NBA's Phoenix Suns. For nearly 30 years, she served as a network television sports analyst for ESPN, CBS, and NBC. In 2006, Meyers Drysdale was awarded the Ronald Reagan Media Award from the United States Sports Academy.


Ann Meyers Drysdale has been the women's basketball analyst at the Summer Olympics for ABC’s 1984 L.A. Olympics, NBC's 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics. She had been offered a job to broadcast the Chicago Bulls games in 1983, but she turned it down due to family considerations.


She served as an analyst on ESPN's coverage of the WNBA and previously worked for NBC Sports full-time as its lead WNBA analyst from 1997 to 2002. Meyers Drysdale also worked "Hoop-It-Up" telecasts in 1994 and 1995. Since 1983, she has served as an ESPN and PRIMETICKET analyst for various events including both men's and women's NCAA basketball games.  She also worked as a color analyst for the Indiana Pacers making her the first woman to do game analysis for the team.


Meyers Drysdale led the U.S. to a silver medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal as women's basketball made its Olympic debut, and returned eight years later as an announcer for ABC Sports at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. She has since covered a wide variety of sports for major networks in the U.S, including the 1986, 1990 and 1994 Goodwill Games, men's and women's college basketballNCAA softball and volleyball and the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics for NBC.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Meyers, Sports Encyclopedia

The career timeline for Ann Meyers Drysdale:

  1. 1971-73 Named high school MVP three years in succession

  2. 1974 First high school player ever to join the U.S. national team; becomes first woman to receive a basketball scholarship to UCLA

  3. 1974 Leads college team in scoring, rebounds, and assists; only freshman named to Kodak College All-American team

  4. 1975 Gold medal at the Pan American Games

  5. 1975-78 First player named to All-American Team for four years in succession

  6. 1976 Silver medal at the summer Olympics; gold medal at the Jones Cup

  7. 1976-78 Named college All-American

  8. 1977 Silver medal in the World University Games

  9. 1977-78 Named most valuable player by the Amateur Athletic Union

  10. 1978 Leads University of California at Los Angeles to the national championship; is drafted by Houston as the first-ever WBL draftee

  11. 1978 Won Broderick Cup; has college jersey, Number 15, retired at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame

  12. 1977-79 Amateur Athletic Union All-American

  13. 1979 First and only woman to ever sign with an NBA team, the Indiana Pacers, (but fails to make the cut; signs for $145,000 for three seasons with the New Jersey Gems)

  14. 1979 Gold medal at the World Championship

  15. games; silver medal at the Pan American games; named most valuable player of                the Women's Basketball League

  16. 1980-82 Takes the first place ($50,000 prize) in the American Broadcasting Company's Superstars competition; meets future husband, Don Drysdale

  17. 1986 Marries Don Drysdale in November

  18. 1994 First woman to play in Celebrity Golf Association Championship

  19. 1993 Is enshrined as a player at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on May 10

  20. 1999 Is enshrined with the inaugural class at the Women's Basketball HoF


Sources: Ann Meyers - Chronology (http://sports.jrank.org/pages/3201/Meyers-Ann-Chronology.html#ixzz0roDYonCs)    Time Magazine


Biography – Co-Author


JONI RAVENNA


Joni Ravenna has been the editor of the OC Woman Section of Parenting Magazine for the last six years. She also writes for Taste for Life Magazine and her work has been published in the LA Times and Coast Magazine, among others. Jesse Perris, of Reinventing Beauty Magazine said, “As a writer on a scale from 1-10 she’s an 11.”


Ravenna is also a television writer/producer and a published, award-winning playwright.  A graduate of USC, her first play, “A Brush With Fate,” was produced at the West Coast Ensemble Theatre in Hollywood where it enjoyed a three-month run as part of the L.A. Fringe Festival. Subsequent plays have been produced across the country including Off-Broadway and have received numerous awards and nominations including Best New Play of Dublin for “Green Grocer or the Phantom of Youth,” and Palm Springs Writers Guild Award, OC Weekly Award and Playwrights Circle National Playwriting Award for Best New Play for “For Pete’s Sake.”  In 2007, she was commissioned by the Black Rock Center for The Arts to write a play that teaches math through music. In 2009, she was commissioned to write a play about the life of Kabin Thomas. That play, “Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies” is currently running in Los Angeles.


For television she most recently wrote and produced the PBS Pledge Special “The Donovan Concert –Live at the Kodak” and “Latin Music Legends with Trini Lopez.” Other writer credits include “The Aging of America with Lee Meriwether,” “Judy Garland- Duets,” “My Hong Kong with Nancy Kwan,” “Earth Trek” and “Ticket to Adventure” for PBS, Outdoor Life, The Travel Channel and Fox Sports.  Her long-running series “Great Sports Vacations” earned an ACE nomination in ’93 and was at one time the highest rated show on The Travel Channel.


Over the years Ravenna has interviewed for print and/or television such film stars, authors and sports legends as Sean Connery, Deepak Chopra, Brad Pitt, Sam Snead, Johnny Bench, Jim Brown, Jamaal Wilkes, Sidney Sheldon, Jenny McCarthy, Sissy Spacek and Marianne Williamson among others.


Ravenna is married to attorney Mitchell Sussman. They live in Palm Springs and Newport Beach with their two daughters. Ravenna is also the VP of National Charity League, Palm Springs Chapter. NCL is a national organization that promotes philanthropy and leadership skills in young women across the country.

 

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