Joy Becker

Coach
Inducted 2016

Joy Becker was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 after a remarkable career spanning three-plus decades where she was a pioneer for female athletics in the state of Florida and the Southeast.

The Springfield, Ohio, native graduated from Northwestern High School in 1971, before playing softball at Florida State and graduating in Tallahassee in 1975 with a degree in physical education.

Following college, Becker embarked on a career which saw her win state championships in both volleyball and basketball. In volleyball, she recorded an overall record of 645-273-1 as a head coach, as well as a 134-35 record as an assistant. Becker won 27 district titles, 25 regional championships and one state championship. Five other times she was the state runner-up. In basketball, she won two state championships with Maclay in the late 1970s.

Individually, she coached four All-Americans, one academic All-American, one FACA Dairy Farmer 4A Player of the Year and 10 FACA All-Stars.

A 2001 inductee into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Becker was named FACA State Coach of the Year three times, All-Big Bend Coach of the Year five times, Teacher of the Year twice and served as the head coach in the FACA All-Star Game three times. In 2007, she was awarded the USA Volleyball Florida Region 14 & Under Coach of the Year.

Off the court, the Maclay Sports Hall of Fame member has trained hundreds of young coaches via the USA Volleyball IMPACT Coach Training Class, while organizing dozens of local and state volleyball clinics. A board member and club director for the Gulf Coast Region for USA Volleyball, Becker brought club volleyball to North Florida in the early 1980s and also created and implemented the Leon County Schools High School Sand Volleyball program in 2013.

Becker spent three terms as the chairman for the FACA, three more terms on the FHSAA State Volleyball Committee and three decades as a FACA district leader for volleyball. Within the FHSAA, she served on the Hall of Fame Screening Committee for eight years, the Athletic Director’s Advisory Council for two years and the Sportsmanship Committee for one. Becker was also a board member for Florida USA Volleyball, maintaining membership with USA Volleyball for 25 years and spending six years as the AVCA Southeastern All-American Regional Chairman.

She recently retired as the director of athletics at Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, where the Cougars won two state championships with one more runner-up finish during her tenure.

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