2010 ACC Women's Basketball Legends: Connie Goins, Duke

Feb. 24, 2010

The Atlantic Coast Conference celebrates its sixth annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends during the 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, March 4-7, at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. The honorees will be recognized during the ACC Legends Luncheon, as well as on the court at halftime of the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 6.

The ACC Women's Basketball Legends program honors past players from each of the ACC's 12 schools who have contributed to the league's rich tradition. Included in the class are 12 former student-athletes that represent four decades of ACC Women's Basketball competitors.

TheACC.com will feature three members of the 2010 ACC Legends Class each week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) during the final four weeks of the regular season.

Q&A with Connie Goins

Q: What was the most memorable game for you while playing at Duke?

A: Actually, it probably comes down to two games my senior year. Of course we are big rivals with Carolina and we beat them both times my senior year. And if I had to pick one of those two it would probably be my last game at Carmichael Auditorium. It was their senior day and I had one of my best games playing at Carmichael.  

Q: What has changed the most in ACC women’s basketball since your playing days?

A: There are a lot of things that stand out to me that have changed. It seems like the players, the talent and the depth just seems a lot greater than when it was when I played. Of course a big difference too, there were only eight teams in the conference at the time I played. Also, there seem to be a lot more opportunities for the girls right now and I think that’s great! I was fortunate enough to be the second class that came around at Duke to get full scholarships.

Q: What do you miss most about playing basketball at Duke? 

A: The relationships. You become a big family. Next to my family, my Duke family is very important to me. You become really tight and close friends. You develop life-long friendships when you’re there and then you try your best to keep in contact with them.  

Q: What does being named an ACC Women’s Basketball legend mean to you?

A: Well it’s just really hard to put into words. It is a great honor and privilege to be recognized by Duke University and being re cognized by the ACC. I have the utmost respect for the Duke program and for the conference. To be recognized by those entities for contributing to their programs is an unbelievable honor for me.

Q: How do you think the ACC prepares student-athletes for life after their playing days?

A: Well, the things you learn in sports in general - how to be part of a team, how to work as a team, and how to have maturity to be a leader. By the time you’re a senior, you are expected to be a leader for the girls on the team. And all of that prepares you for the work place. Being a part of the ACC and a great conference like that really prepares you for life after college.

Q: What are you doing now?

A: Right now, I volunteer and help coach my old high school team, Western Hills High School. I am also involved in a lot of church work, and I try to squeeze in some traveling too!

More about Connie Goins…

Connie Goins (Duke, 1982-86) - A four-time All-ACC Honor Roll student-athlete at Duke, Connie Goins finished her Blue Devil career ranked second in school history in both points (1,140) and assists (297), and eighth with 461 rebounds.

Goins set career-highs in nearly every statistical category – games and starts (28), points (379) and points per game (13.5), field goals (142) and field-goal attempts (300), free throws (95) and free-throw attempts (126), 146 rebounds, 127 assists, and 10 blocks – en route to second-team All-ACC honors as a senior in 1985-86. That same season, she was named the team’s captain and guided the Blue Devils their first national ranking in school history when Duke appeared at No. 20 in the Associated Press top 20 poll of January 12, 1986.

When off the court and not studying, Goins found time for Duke’s softball club and its Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

A 1982 Miss Kentucky Basketball selection out of Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Goins graduated cum laude from Duke in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Duke.

After college Goins spent 22 years in the Kentucky state government, serving as its director of information technology for Kentucky Retirement Systems and later as the information systems administrator for the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation. Now retired, Goins currently volunteers as an assistant coach at her high school alma mater and teaches Sunday school.