Teresa Casso

Inducted: 1996

Best Known For: Coaching Basketball

Hometown: McAllen, TX

HS: McAllen High School

College: Pan American University

High School Coach: McAllen High School

The dean of Valley girls’ basketball coaches, she was a hard-driving taskmaster who has always had great love for her kids.

McAllen High’s Teresa Casso won 841 games in a magnificent career that ended with retirement after the 2009-10 season, following 33 super years.

She ranks in the top 10 statewide for victories and posted 29 winning seasons with McAllen. Her clubs went to the postseason 25 times with 15 district titles and an amazing nine separate seasons of at least 30 victories.

Casso was named Valley Coach of the Year numerous times and once was tabbed the FCA Coach of the Year statewide.

The 2010 winner of the Robert Vela Lifetime Achievement Award from Valley Freedom Newspapers, she is the winningest Hispanic girls’ coach in Texas, having carved out a reputation for “tough love” that her players have invariably found valuable later in life.