Scottsdale Community College will induct former Athletic Director Art Becker into its Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 29, as part of the college’s 2016 Homecoming Weekend festivities.
Mr. Becker was a force on the basketball court as a player and off the court as a coach and athletics administrator, according to a press release.
After a professional basketball career in the American Basketball Association, he brought his talents to SCC. In 1975, he started out as men’s basketball coach and adjunct faculty member and eventually became the school’s Athletic Director for men, a position he held until 2012.
He coached men’s basketball until 1981 and then became the men’s tennis coach for the next three years. In 1984, he became Athletic Director for men.
During his tenure, the Artichokes won six national championships in men’s golf, finished third in the NJCAA National Baseball Tournament and developed a competitive football program, the release stated.
In addition to his position as Athletic Director, Mr. Becker took an active role in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and other athletic governing bodies.
As a player at Arizona State University, he left as one of the school’s all-time leaders in scoring and rebounding. He followed that up with a memorable ABA professional basketball career, including playing for the 1970 champion Indiana Pacers and making the league All-Star team in 1968 and 1972, the release stated.
Mr. Becker, who grew up in Phoenix and attended Camelback High School, met his wife Lynn at ASU, where she played for the women’s tennis team. Now married for 53 years, they have four grown children, all of whom played Division I athletics.
The Homecoming festivities will culminate with the football game as the Artichokes host Mesa Community College. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
The ceremony honoring Mr. Becker is not open to the public but the public can see him introduced on the field prior to the Homecoming game. A tailgate party in the school’s Mercado area will precede the football game and is open to those attending the game. Admission is $5 general, $3 students with ID, and free to SCC students with ID and children 12 and under.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.