Nell Fortner

Nell Fortner is a popular woman basketball coach. She has risen to the Olympic level with her sports career. She has received several recognitions and awards for her performance in the sports field, worldwide.

Personal life

Nell Fortner was born in the year 1959 on March 3, in Jackson, Mississippi. She went to the New Braunfels High School to receive education. As a child, she loved to play basketball and thus participated in the all-state basketball selection, organized in her school. Besides basketball, she also showed interest in volleyball. She has also been to Texas to lead her first national ranking when she participated in the women’s basketball tournament.

She, along with her team, occupied a seventh-place finish at the national tournament. She scored 1,466 points, which was among the top scoring women basketball players in the history of her school. Within a very short period of time, she participated in 142 games, where she achieved the fourth rank in Texas history. During that time, she was playing basketball for the Longhorns and also participated for the Texas volleyball team.

In the year 1978; Fortner went forward to make her debut in the USA Basketball. She, along with her team, secured a silver medal. Fortner does not like to reveal much about her personal life and thus, keeps it away from the limelight of the media. This is the reason that there is no information about her family members, children, relationships or early childhood days. She has never been into too many controversies too.


Nell Fortner has experienced a quite high career graph. She has always dreamt of a successful sports career as she had been always good in sports, especially in sports like basketball and volleyball. Before beginning her professional career as a basketball coach, she has had a previous experience of serving as a coach at the international level, along with many schools and colleges. Due to this previous hand experience in basketball coaching, she did not face any kind of difficulties.

In the year 1995, she was hired by USA Basketball as the assistant coach of the team. This was a turning point in her career. She managed to secure a gold medal in the national championship of the women's team which fetched her fame. Later, in the year 1998, she even assisted the team to the 1998 FIBA World Championship. She had contributed largely to achieve gold in the Olympics of 2000.

Last Modified: Mar 6, 2020

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