Kaye Cowher: Bill Cowher’s Wife (Photos, Video)

July 24, 2010

Bill Cowher’s wife Kaye Cowher was an amazing daughter, sister, mother and wife. She is no longer with us but her memory will stay forever in our hearts. Keep reading to know more about the life and death of Kaye Cowher and don’t forget to check out the photos and videos below.

Bill Cowher

The Lovely, talented and charming Kaye Cowher was one of the best basketball players at North Carolina State, at that time she was known as Kaye Young.

Kaye and her twin sister Faye were born in Dunn, North Carolina 54 years ago. Kaye went to Peace College in Raleigh and then she transferred to North Carolina State University where she met her soon to be boyfriend in 1976 when he was a linebacker on the football team and Kaye on the NCS girls basketball team “The Wolfpacks” as a star player. Actually Kaye was an amazing player ever since she was a little girl, her mother noticed this from her twin daughters so when the time came that they decided to go pro she supported them, despite her father’s wishes who was against it, for him it was too rough for them. Kaye and her sister played even better when they got to high school, due to this Kaye receive a college scholarship.

Kaye was  5’11”  and a great basketball player. She helped her team win the 1978 Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball title becoming the third best team nationwide. The Young twins were so famous that they even were featured in a Doublemint  gum commercial. Kaye graduated from North Carolina with a degree in Sociology in 1978. After college she and her twin joined Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL) where they played with the New York Stars and the New Jersey Gems, Kaye was one of the most notorious players in the league that came to an end in 1991.

She got married to her college sweetheart too, at the time he was playing with the Cleveland Browns in 1981. Kaye became the mother of three gorgeous girls Megan, Lauren and Lindsay who like their mother are phenomenal basketball players – Megan and Lauren at Princeton and Lindsay at Wofford College. The three of them were coached by their mother.

"The girls get all their skills from their Mom — she started to teach them at an early age. I’m just a spectator who loves the game." 

While Kaye lived in Pittsburgh she became involved in charities associated with abused children. She was also  featured on Karra Porter’s book Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women’s Professional Basketball League.

After her husband retired from his coaching position with the Steelers in 2006 they moved back to Raleigh where they bought a beautiful house at the exclusive North Ridge Country Club.  She became once again involved with her alma mater becoming an advisor for the chancellor and board of trustees and Member of the North Carolina State Board of Visitors.

Kaye Cowher died on the night of July 23rd, 2010 after she lost her battle to skin cancer a disease they decided to keep private. The services will be on Monday July 26th in North Carolina. Her husband released a statement and requested that if anyone wanted to make a donation can do it in Kaye’s behalf to Family Resources of Pennsylvania.

"Kaye was such a loving and compassionate person and she was the foundation of our family. Kaye was always at my side throughout my career as a player, coach, NFL analyst and, most importantly, as a parent to our three daughters Meagan, Lauren and Lindsay. They will miss their mother dearly. Kaye was the rock that we could all lean on in the tough times. She was looked up to by so many people and I cannot say enough about what Kaye meant to our family. Her memory will never be forgotten. We would like to thank everyone who has kept our family in their thoughts and prayers and for those who have reached out to express their condolences. It is clear that Kaye touched a lot of lives."

Kaye Cowher’s presence will be forever in the lives and hearts of many people, Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Take a look at the photos in the video below.

Kaye Cowher Video

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