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Girl's Varsity Basketball Head Coach: Bob Becker
Coach Bob Becker became head coach for the Morton Lady Potters girls' basketball program in 1999. He enters his 18th season as head coach of the Potters with an overall varsity career record of 381-142 all at Morton ... Building a culture stressing positive attitudes and strong work ethic the Potters have develped into an area and state perennial power. Consistent excellence is something Coach Becker strives to achieve. During the past 12 seasons the Potters have earned 8 Mid-Illini Conference Championships. They have garnered trophies in their own Morton Thanksgiving Tourney, the prestigious State Farm Classic, and the Galesburg Winter Classic tournaments. In the post-season the Potters have thrived. Eight of the past ten seasons have finished with a regional championship or better. The Potters won sectional titles five times and advanced to Redbird Arena four times earning two 4th place finishes and Back to Back 3A State Championships in 2015 and 2016 in the IHSA state tournament.
This past season the Potters earned the 2016 3A Sate Championship. They finished 33-3 and 13-1 as Champions of the Mid-Illini Conference. This dream come true season has been documented in Mr. Dave Kindred's latest book "True Grit" which is the sequel to "Mighty in Heart" which chronicles their 2015 championship season. These championship teams of players and coaches had that ever elusive "IT". We will never forget the emotions and feeling we shared winning these state titles.
This year the Potters look to return 6 players from last season's championship campaign. They are hoping to utilize experience to build a team driven to work hard and improve daily. The mission, in part, for this team is to respect the Potter traditions and successes of the past yet forge ahead to work and leave their own positive legacy. Expectations are high but we are a maturing group who understands what it takes.
Currently three former Potters play collegiate basketball. Emily Schultz '14 and Tatum dowell '14 start their junior years at Millikin University and Eureka College respectively. Chandler Ryan '16 begins her freshman campaign at Florida Golf Coast University.
Coach Becker is a member of the Ilinois Coaches Association. His team's successes have helped earn Coach Becker the I.B.C.A. District 18 Coach of the Year award seven times. He was an assistant coach on the victorious AA South squad's staff for the 2003 IBCA all-star game. In the 2013 IBCA all-star game he served as head coach for the winning Class 3A-4A team.
Coach Becker graduated from Sycamore High School in 1987. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1992 majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Spanish. He earned his Master's degree in Education from Olivet Nazarene University in 2005. He has taught physical education for 25 years. Currently, he teaches at Lincoln Elementary School and at Morton High School. Coach and his wife of 23 years, Evelyn, have three wonderful, beautiful, and energetic children, Bobby, 19, Josi 17, and Maddy 15.
For more on Coach Becker see the attached: Link to "Coach-Becker-Favorites-2016-17.pdf"
Morton High School Girls Varsity Basketball 2016-17
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