Carlson to be inducted into Hall of Fame

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High School head girls’ basketball coach Becky Carlson, seen here coaching the Fillies this past season, will be inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame in June. The Register will have more on Carlson and her career in June.

Throughout her 25 years of coaching, Becky Carlson found her “wow” moments in the many youngsters she has coached. Not in the wins or the championships, in the kids.
Carlson, who just finished her fourth season as Iola High School girls’ head basketball coach, will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in June. She’s one of 41 inductees in the Class of 2009 and she’ll be going into the national hall of fame with fellow Kansan Fred Cottrell of Conway Springs.
“It’s a tremendous honor and a humbling one for me,” Carlson said.
“This award is a testament to the kids I’ve coached here and at Hillsboro. It’s their hard work and willingness to be coached that allowed me to be here now.”
Carlson’s induction will during the NHSACA national convention in Minneapolis, Minn. The Hall of Fame luncheon is on June 23.
Anyone interested in attending the luncheon should contact the NHSACA at 507-696-7793. Cost for the event is $40 per person and the deadline is April 1.
“Also this honor has to be shared with all the assistant coaches who have helped me and the administrators who’ve supported my programs over the years,” Carlson said.
Carlson has the credentials of a high school hall of game basketball coach. She has coached 391 victories against 181 losses. She has taken two schools’ teams to state tournaments, winning three state high school titles in Kansas.
Carlson is an Allen County native, growing up in Elsmore and graduating from Marmaton Valley High School. She was a standout athlete for Marmaton Valley and playing basketball at Allen County Community College and at Tabor College in Hillsboro.
Following graduation from Tabor, Carlson was an assistant basketball and volleyball coach at the college.
She began her 20-plus year stint at Hillsboro as an elementary physical education teacher. In 1983-84, Carlson became the head volleyball coach and assistant girls’ basketball coach at Hillsboro High School.
“The only undefeated team I’ve ever coached was that first junior high team. They went 17-0. I became the high school head coach the next year.”
From 1984-85 until 2004-2005, Carlson guided the HHS girls to 333 wins against 149 losses. Hillsboro made 10 trips to state, winning back-to-back Class 3A state champions in 1995 and 1996.
Carlson came to Iola to be a physical education teacher at Lincoln Elementary in 2005-2006. She was moving back home to be closer to her family.
That was Iola High’s good fortunate. She directed the IHS Fillies to a first-ever state basketball champions Class 4A in 2006. In her four years, her teams have gone 58-32 on the court.
She has been Kansas Coaches Association High School girls’ basketball coach of the year in 2006 and 1996.
“Teaching is my passion but I do love the game of basketball. Being able to see players progress individually and as a team day to day brings the wow moments to me as a coach,” Carlson said.