Forgotten Champions

: Documentary
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Production


“Forgotten Champions” is the story of the 1981-1982 Rutgers Lady Knights basketball team which defeated the University of Texas to win the final AIAW championship.


We are raising money to produce a documentary on the 1982 Rutgers women's basketball team, the last team to win an AIAW national championship.

The film tells the story about a team that has since been forgotten as women's college basketball grew in prominence in subsequent years. 1982 marked an inflection point in women's college sports and in many ways this team and its story marks that moment in time.

Our goal is to produce the film and debut it in the summer of 2019. The money will cover all production costs with any money left over being donated to Rutgers Athletics and WRSU-FM, the Rutgers student radio station whose ply-by-play is featured in the film.

If you are a fan/supporter of women's college sports or sports in general please help support our efforts to chronicle the special contribution this team and its players made (and still make) to women's basketball.


The film opens with the members of the WRSU-FM Radio team at Olde Queens Tavern, the fabled bar adjacent to the Rutgers Campus, as they look back more than 35 years. As they begin talking, the memories start flowing. Transition to the final moments of the championship game using the WRSU radio call with never before seen game films. Back to modern day as Coach Theresa Grentz and team members gather to view these films for the first time, cheering at every crucial moment. Afterwards, they have a long awaited re-union and film session, dissecting their play and reminiscing about that amazing team.  

Our film then travels all way back to 1972 Immaculata footage and begins telling the story through Theresa Grentz’ POV, weaving in present day and archival interviews, game footage, newspaper clippings, radio calls, etc., all the way to the final bucket and celebrations.

The championship games were not televised. We have the official, never before seen team game films of the final and selected games from the season. There are a few games during the season which either were televised or shot by local news crews.

We have gained access to interviews with among others: Theresa Grentz (Hall of Fame Coach, RU Head Coach, 1976-1995); Cathy Rush (Hall of Fame Coach, Immaculata Head Coach, 1972-1977);  C. Vivian Stringer (Hall of Fame Coach, Head Coach Cheney State 1972-1983; Head Coach Rutgers, 1995-present); Chris Dailey (RU Forward, 1978-82 and Associate Head Coach UConn, 1985-present); June Olkowski (RU All-America Forward, 1978-82); Patty Coyle (RU Guard, 1978-82); Mary Coyle (RU Guard, 1978-82); Patty Delehanty (RU Forward, 1978-82); Mel Greenberg (Philadelphia Inquirer Women’s College BB reporter, 1970-2010 & Founder AP WCBB Top 25 Poll); Paul Franklin (RU Lady Knights beat writer for the Courier News); Jim Berman & Jeff Gerstenblatt (WRSU Play-by-Play Announcers); Jon Newman & Geoff Sadow (WRSU Studio Hosts); Shooting Locations: Will include the Rutgers Athletic Center, The Palestra, Immaculata College and various scenes in Philadelphia and New Brunswick, NJ.


Geoff Sadow - Executive Producer

Geoff Sadow is an award winning multimedia journalist, producer and news executive. Currently Managing Editor and Executive Producer of Events at WorkingNation and Founder/CEO of Whoo-Rah Productions. During his 20 years at ABC News, Geoff rose to the position of Managing Editor and served as a senior member of the team which launched ABC News Now, the first full time streaming network news channel. Geoff also has produced both long and short form content at The Daily, TIME and the World Science Festival. Geoff has worked with Nobel Laureates, Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award winning directors, reporters and actors and is a proud graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ where he also served as Sports Director of WRSU-FM.

Jon Newman - Executive Producer

Jon Newman is co-founder of The Hodges Partnership, a fully integrated strategic communications agency in Richmond, VA. Jon worked on-air and in management at a number of radio and TV news organizations in New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia. As the media landscape has changed, Jon’s focus now also includes social and digital media. His blog, Jon’s PR 1.5, chronicles the shift from old world PR pro to the new world of social and digital. He serves as a social media consultant for a number of clients, speaks publicly on the subject and teaches class on the topic at VCU. He is a proud graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ where he also served as Sports Director of WRSU-FM.


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