Carol Plodzien was the first girls’ head basketball coach at Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois. Before the initiation of interscholastic girls’ sports in Illinois, she was the coordinator of the Girls' Athletic Association. In 1977, her team was one of eight teams advancing to the first girls’ state basketball tournament in Illinois. The first championship tournament was at Horton Fieldhouse at Illinois State University on April 1st and 2nd 1977.
See also, Ellyn Bartges interview which is part of the Family Memories Oral History Project.