“Her function now, I feel, is larger than it was once I was there,” mentioned Chris Wilburn, a senior on the ’94-95 group.
At first of her tenure, she appeared dauntingly previous to gamers. However Sister Jean was quickly a fixture of this system, somebody who was at all times there to greet the group within the moments after the few wins and the numerous extra losses. She would generally floor within the locker room, possibly casting a look and a compelled smile when an express lyric would echo by means of, and she or he would rework into an individual for basketball recruits to fulfill throughout their visits. Her workplace turned a refuge, gamers mentioned, and a extra welcoming place than, say, sitting throughout from an assistant coach.
“She’s not going to evaluate you, she’s not going to carry it towards you,” she mentioned. “She doesn’t care, per se, if it’s a basketball subject or a girlfriend subject or a lunch subject about the way you didn’t get to eat that day.”
Typically, gamers mentioned, she would pay attention from behind her desk. At others, she would draw nearer.
“She’d at all times simply smile and sit again and sort of cross her palms, similar to you see now in that wheelchair,” Estes mentioned. “She’d simply type of smirk and say, ‘Joe, should you preserve doing what you’re doing, you’re going to maintain getting what you bought.’”
Today, she would possibly generally appear to rival Bob Newhart, who earned a enterprise diploma at Loyola in 1952, because the college’s most well-known export. To her former gamers, although, she is much more a marvel.
Wilburn’s kids have shirts with Sister Jean’s likeness. Owens’s children used to ask whether or not the Ramblers had been successful as a result of the sister was praying. Molis, very like Estes, informed a narrative about how, in 2018, Sister Jean all however summoned the field rating of a recreation he had not thought of in additional than a decade.
“I’ll inform Sister Jean tales til the day that I die,” Molis mentioned. “I’ll them to my daughter — I do it on a regular basis proper now.”