- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2011

NEW HAVEN, CONN. (AP) - Chris Gobrecht has been part of many senior nights in her long coaching career.

None of the previous 30 were anything like Yale’s final regular season home game against Cornell on March 5 as her daughter Mady was one of the two players being honored.

Gobrecht, along with her husband Bob, walked Mady to center court.

“For 30 seconds I allowed myself to be a mom and then it was back to coaching,” the 31-year veteran coach said.

Yale capped off the night with a victory over Cornell that clinched a WNIT bid for the first postseason berth in school history.

The Bulldogs will host Boston College on Thursday in the first round of the tournament.

“I wouldn’t trade this for anything,” Mady Gobrecht said. “To be able to turn this team around and get to the WNIT is something special.”

The Gobrechts were one of four parent-daughter tandems in Division I basketball this past season. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey’s daughter is a freshman on the team. Northwestern coach Joe McKeown also has his freshman daughter on his squad.

New Mexico State’s Darin Spence has been coaching his daughter Madison for the past four years.

While it’s much more common in men’s basketball, there have been a handful of similar situations before, including Hall of Fame coach Van Chancellor.

All four coaches were adamant to let their children make their own college choices, yet all the offspring ended up playing for their parent. Mulkey’s daughter Makenzie had scholarship offers from other schools, but ended up a Lady Bear.

“Well, I always pretty much knew I wanted to play for my mom, so once she came to Baylor, I was around the program a lot,” Makenzie Robertson said. “I got to know everyone and how it operated. I’ve pretty much just have always wanted come here since we’ve been in Baylor.”

Kim Mulkey joked she probably broke a few NCAA rules recruiting her daughter, buying her a car and giving her a weekly allowance. Makenzie will get her first taste of the NCAA tournament as a player when No. 1 seed Baylor hosts Prairie View A&M on Sunday.

Meghan’s decision to attend Northwestern did have a lot to do with the family dynamic, but not so much who the coach was. Her 16-year-old brother Joey is severely autistic. One of the main reasons that Joe McKeown decided to leave George Washington to come to Northwestern three years ago was because of the medical care that his son would receive in Chicago.

“We as a family decided the best choice was to come out here to Northwestern,” Joe McKeown said.

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