When Wake Forest’s women’s basketball team played Duke in an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament game in 1986, the Demon Deacons won that year.
While current Tulane coach Lisa Stockton was a senior for Wake Forest, Miami coach and former Tulane assistant Katie Meier was a freshman at Duke.
“They had a really good team at Duke and we upset them in the ACC tournament,” Stockton said. “I think that stuck with her because all her family came in from Chicago that year to see them play.”
Stockton also kept video of her team’s upset victory.
While both coaches might have first faced each other on Tobacco Road, they’ll do that again as coaches as Tulane (7-1) and Miami (7-2) meet Friday in the DoubleTree Classic at 7 p.m. Tulane’s first game is against Samford (5-4) Thursday at 7 p.m.
Meier said she owed her entire coaching career to Stockton.
“I was very green, I didn’t I didn’t know what I was doing,” Meier said about her early years as an assistant. “It gave me a nice blueprint for the jobs I have taken since then.”
Meier was on Stockton’s staff from 1994-2001 and during that time Tulane went to the NCAA tournament seven times. Tulane finished the 1999-2000 season 27-5 and made it to the NCAA tournament’s second round.
“I thought she was a tremendous catch,” Stockton said. “Those are tremendous years. I think we were a great team. We’ve been friends ever since. We’ve stayed close.”
While Meier stayed at Tulane for seven years, she passed on a couple of head coaching offers.
“I wanted to be as consistent as Lisa was,” Meier said. “I didn’t want to take a job and not know who I was.”
She said Stockton taught her about staying consistent when dealing with a team.
“You shouldn’t surprise your team,” Meier said. “That was a real gift Lisa gave me.”
Meier had a four-year stint as head coach of UNC Charlotte, which ended in 2005. Friday will be the first time teams led by the former ACC players will play each other since Meier was with the 49ers.
Because of their rapport off the court, Stockton said, they’re able to move on to the next game quicker.
“Because we are so close, it’s one of those games that when the game’s over, the game’s over,” Stockton said. “Both of us are going to do our best to put our teams in the right position. But when the game’s over, it’s not personal and we move on. “
While Meier came to Tulane as an assistant, she developed into a talented head coach.
“I just think she is one of the most outstanding coaches in our game,” Stockton said. “ She has done things that have helped grow our game. She’s got so much integrity and is somebody I really respect.”
While Meier led the Hurricanes to its fifth consecutive postseason berth last season and has amassed a 163-121 record before this year, her own personal success takes a secondary role.
“You’re in coaching for those players,” Meier said. “We’re using basketball as a platform to make them successful adults.”