resigns; Mebane named interim at Hampton
September 23, 2004
Hampton, Va. – Hampton University
women’s basketball will have a new look this season,
but a very familiar face. It was officially announced on
September 22, 2004 that Walter Mebane will take over as interim
head coach for HU women’s basketball after the resignation
of long-time and legendary head coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs.
Bibbs resigned from her position in early September.
After having one of the more memorable runs in recent memory
over the last two seasons, gaining back-to-back MEAC Tournament
titles (2002-03, 03-04), winning an outright MEAC Regular
Season championship (2002-03) and sharing the title with
Delaware State University (2003-04), the 20-year veteran
head coach [Bibbs] has decided to call it quits.
“I have really enjoyed my time at Hampton [University],” explains
Bibbs. “It was a great place to work, and I can’t
thank Dr. William Harvey (President at HU) for all of his
support towards our program. I want everyone to know that
it was just time to leave, and for me to join my family back
home in Louisiana. It was a great run, though, and I am really
going to miss it.”
Bibbs leaves HU after placing herself third all-time for
wins amongst women’s basketball coaches. She leaves
HU with a school record of 127-83 over a span of seven years.
Her overall coaching record stands at 371-207, stretching
out to an even 20 years of head coaching experience on the
Prior to joining the women’s basketball program, Mebane
joined the coaching staff at HU with the men’s program
as an administrative assistant in 1995. He then joined the
women’s basketball program as an assistant coach under
Carolyn Guton in 1996. He, later, rejoined the women’s
basketball coaching staff under Bibbs with a permanent position
Mebane, a 1987 graduate from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, now becomes the eighth head coach in women’s
basketball at HU stretching back to the inception of the
program in 1975.
“He will be able to relate to the ladies, the recruits
we have brought in and the ladies we still have,” admits
Bibbs. “He will do a great job.”