UTSA Athletics mourns loss of Rae Rippetoe-Blair
SAN ANTONIO — Former UTSA women's basketball head coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair died on Friday, June 27, in a motorcycle accident in Austin. She was 52.
"We are deeply saddened to hear that our former women's basketball coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair passed away in an accident on Friday," UTSA Vice President/Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family in this very difficult time."
Rippetoe-Blair was named UTSA's head coach in 2000 after serving as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Oklahoma State, for eight seasons. She guided the Roadrunners to a 216-173 record in 13 seasons, two NCAA Tournament appearances (2008-09), back-to-back Southland Conference Tournament Championships in 2008-09, and a pair of Southland Regular Season Championships (2003 & ’09). In addition, she was recognized in March by the Southland as its Coach of the Decade for her success during the 2000s. She relinquished her duties as head coach for personal reasons on Aug. 15, 2013.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Ardmore, Okla., with Dr. Alton Fannin officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore. The family will host a visitation at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Craddock Funeral Home in Ardmore.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association in Rae’s name in honor of her late husband, Craig, or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (825 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104). Online condolences can be made by clicking here.