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Antoinette Marie Valentine


1932 - 2018
Antoinette Marie Valentine Obituary
1932 ~ 2018
Antoinette (Ann) Marie Valentine of American Fork, Utah passed away peacefully at her home with family and friends on June 15, 2018 after an extended illness. Born on New Year's Day, 1932 in Sykesville, PA to Carmen and Mary Fratto Valentine, Ann was the second youngest of ten children including Fran Valentine, Pat Valentine, Gemma Castiglione, Viola Kokoska, Jenny Petraitis, Joe Valentine, Lou Valentine, Sara Stover and Sam Valentine and predeceased by all of them.
Ann especially competed with her brothers in sports while growing up. She graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where she worked her way through college while earning a bachelor's degree in physical education. She also was a four-sport athlete, competing on the tennis, volleyball, field hockey and basketball teams. Her tennis prowess was defined when she was named the No. 1 player in both singles and doubles.
Ann received her master's degree in education from Penn State University, also in Pennsylvania, where her youngest brother, Sam, was a two-letter sportsman including an All American in football. At Penn State she began her career teaching physical education, while coaching tennis. Ann came to Utah in 1965 for a change of climate. Little did she know she would be spending the next 38 years at BYU, leaving a legacy for women's sports.
BYU handed Ann the coaching keys to the women's tennis team in 1969. Over time, BYU improved its ranking and became a national threat. Playing an increasingly challenging schedule, Ann's teams won 15 conference championships. Over 23 years, 21 of her teams were ranked in the top 20 in the nation and 12 were ranked in the top 10. Over her 27-year coaching career, she compiled a 427-175 record, a 71 percent winning average. She also coached 17 All-American athletes.
Throughout her career, Ann received countless awards for her skills and efforts to advance intercollegiate competition for women. She initiated the first Mixed Team Collegiate Tournament at BYU and created the first national indoor round-robin team competition - now an ITA Grand Slam event.
In 1995, Ann was awarded The Wilson/ITA National Division-I Coach of the Year, making her the first BYU women's coach to receive a national coaching title. The following year, she received the ITA Rolex Meritorious Service Award and was later inducted into both the Utah Hall of Honor and BYU's Hall of Fame. To top it off, Ann was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002. One of the most celebrated tennis coaches in the history of BYU, Ann retired at the end of August, 2003. Perhaps the greatest complement made about Ann by a former player was "people wanted to win for Ann."Not only did Ann excel in her coaching techniques, but she also worked to improve women's sports in her role as a women's athletics administrator at BYU.
Since her retirement Ann continued to teach and hold coaching seminars part-time and spend more time with her family, including over 45 nieces & nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the LDS Stake Center Chapel, 240 South Center Street, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends may call on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah, and again on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the church prior to services. Ann will be interred where she was born, in her home state of Pennsylvania. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.warenski.com
In honor of Ann and her lifelong commitment to always helping others, a BYU Women's Tennis Scholarship Fund has been established in her name to help future scholar athletes have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. If you feel so inclined, please visit give.byu.edu/ann-valentine to make a donation.
Published in Deseret News on June 20, 2018
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