WASHINGTON -- University of Delaware women’s basketball head coach Tina Martin, who led the Blue Hens to a record-setting season and a berth in the NCAA Tournament earlier this month, represented the UD Athletics Department and was among a group of honored guests in attendance at Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden’s Women’s History Month reception at the Naval Observatory Monday night.
The Bidens hosted their first Women’s History Month reception to celebrate the history, accomplishments, and contributions of women across the spectrum of American life, including academia and science, business and labor, philanthropy and advocacy, athletics and the arts, as well as the military and government.
About 110 guests mingled in the foyer of the VP's residence at the evening reception. Joining Martin on the guest list were White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, CBS's Erica Hill, CNN's Gloria Borger, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Administrator of the EPA Lisa Jackson, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Martin brought the VP a University of Delaware baseball cap as a thank you for his support throughout the Blue Hens’ historical season, which included a visit from the former Delaware senator and UD graduate during a sold out home game against Drexel back on Jan. 22 at the Bob Carpenter Center.
"The reception was a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Martin, the winningest basketball coach in school history who has amassed a 308-176 record and led her teams to three NCAA Tournament appearances and six Women's NIT berths during her 16 seasons at Delaware. "I was both honored and surprised when I received the invitation. It was exciting to represent the University of Delaware Athletics Department and have the opportunity to speak to the Vice President and Dr. Biden. I got to meet some amazing people. It was a great experience."
The 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, Martin led Delaware (31-2) to new heights this season as the Blue Hens earned their first-ever national ranking, their first CAA Tournament crown following a perfect 18-0 conference regular season run, and the first NCAA Tournament victory in school history with a 73-42 victory over host UALR in the first round.
Addressing the crowd, the Vice President began by saying, "I'm Joe Biden and I'm Jill's husband."
Biden called the crowd that had gathered a "distinguished group of women."
During Dr. Biden’s remarks, the second lady said the women in the crowd "all represent the very best of your professions" and continued by stating that she's "always amazed" by their "courage, strength and resilience."
Dr. Biden said she was happy to be a part of an administration that has made "a limitless future for all women a priority."