2010 ACC Women's Basketball Legends: Donna Forester-Reed, Clemson
Feb. 18, 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 Donna Forester-Reed
Q: What was the most memorable game for you while playing at Clemson?
Q: What Clemson tradition is your favorite?
Q: Before you began your two-year career at Clemson, you led Anderson College to a pair of junior college national championships in 1975 and 1976? What attributes from your time at Anderson College helped you immediately become a leader at Clemson?
Q: You were the first Clemson player to be named to an All-ACC team, describe that accomplishment?
Q: What does being named an ACC Women’s Basketball Legend mean to you? A: I am honored and humbled! Basketball was a huge part of my life for many years and helped mold me into the person I am today. I am very excited to become a part of an elite group of players.
Q: How well does the ACC prepare student-athletes for life after their playing days – whether in business or in their professional basketball careers?
Q: You have been in the education field for more than 30 years now, what message is most important for our younger generation to hear from today’s college student-athletes?
Q: What do you think the ACC audience should know?
More about Donna Forester-Reed…
Donna (Forester) Reed (1976-78) - Despite playing for the Tigers for just two seasons, Donna Forester finished her career in Clemson’s 1,000-500 club, scoring 1,270 points and pulling down 766 rebounds – both school records at the time of her graduation. While her 1,270 career points and 766 career rebounds currently rank 12th and sixth, respectively, at Clemson, her 12.2 career rebounding average remains a Tiger record. Forester also stands eighth in school history in made field goals (535) and fourth in free-throw percentage (76.9). She tied school single-game records in 1977 when, as a junior, she pulled down 25 caroms in a 79-45 win over Columbia College and shot 100 percent from the floor by going 12-of-12 in a 95-51 win over Claflin the following season.
The first Tiger in program history to earn All-ACC accolades, Forester was selected to the all-conference team in 1978 and earned 1978 All-ACC Tournament team honors. Clemson posted its first two 20-win seasons during Forester’s two years in the Orange and Purple. Before attending Clemson, Forester led Anderson College to a pair of junior college national championships in 1975 and 1976.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s in Education in 1978, Forester earned a Master’s degree in Personnel Services in 1981 and a Specialist’s degree in Administration and Supervision in 1994. Forester is a 31-year veteran in the education field, currently serving as the assistant superintendent for the Bank County School System in Homer, Ga. She and her husband Steve reside in Martin, Ga., and have two children, Matthew and Caroline, a granddaughter, Hannah, and another grandchild expected in March.