Wilbur Cross legend Tracy Claxton returns to coach Governors

(WTNH)–The hints of greatness are there, hanging on the walls.

At Wilbur Cross, the Governors have reached into the past to help shape their future. Tracy Claxton, a legend at the school, and some would say the greatest women’s basketball ever to come out of Connecticut, is back as the girls’ basketball head coach.

“My father, with all of the photo albums he kept track of, he has me read, I’m like, I really did that?” Claxton said. “But I was blessed with that talent.”

Claxton dominated in her day. Three straight titles, in 1978, ’79, and ’80, and a 53-game winning streak. Her numbers at Cross doesn’t seem real: 29.5 points and 27.5 rebounds per game.

For now, Claxton is worried only about one win. Her first, as first-year head coach.

“We’re in the rebuilding process, it’s not going to happen overnight, but we have a great group of girls,” she said.

The young ladies she coaches have only heard the stories of old No. 15. Now, they get to learn from the best.

Claxton not only won in high school, she won in college too. She was a national champion and Final Four MVP at Old Dominion in 1985–long before these girls were even born.

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