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Alana Beard (2024)

Behind the Glory



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2024-03-14

Duration: 00:13:00

Subjects: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame | Sports | Basketball players


  • Rollins, Lyn Host
  • Beard, Alana Interviewee
  • McDowell, Steve Interviewee
  • Goestenkors, Gail Interviewee


This episode of the series “Behind the Glory” from March 14, 2024, features Lyn Rollins’ interview with Alana Beard, a 2023 inductee into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Beard, a native of Shreveport, played college basketball at Duke University from 2000-2004 and played professional basketball in the WNBA from 2004-2019. She discusses: her decision to attend Duke; her high school career; the importance of Title IX; her work with her foundation, the 318 Foundation, to help girls from disadvantaged communities; and the honor of being inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. This episode also includes a profile of Beard’s career, including interviews with Steve McDowell, the former head coach at Southwood High School in Shreveport, and Gail Goestenkors, the head coach at Duke from 1992-2007.