SHONDA L. BECKER '90
One of a very select group of four-time first-team Northeast-10 Conference all-stars, a two-sport all-academic selection and captain, and a former Desautels Award winner, SHONDA BECKER left an incredible trail of numbers and success in two sports during her playing days.
She scored 782 points as a three-year starter on the basketball team despite serious knee problems. She averaged 12.3 points and 8.4 rebounds and shot .497 from the field as a senior. She was named a GTE-CoSIDA academic all-region performer.
As a softball player she left her mark as one of the premier players in the region's history. She led the Hounds to an overall four-year record of 104-57 including a school-record 37 wins (most for any sport in the College's history) in her senior year.
As a freshman she was earned Northeast-10 Conference Rookie-of-the-Year honors and first-team recognition batting .383 and made just four errors in 139 chances. She led the Hounds to a 23-19 mark and berths in the Northeast-10 playoffs and E.C.A.C. and M.A.I.A.W. tournaments. That team earned a 20-1 win over North Carolina (Charlotte) as a regular-season highlight..
She batted .435 as a sophomore and .427 as a junior leading the team to the regular-season Northeast-10 championship. She was named first-team all conference, all-New England and played in the New England all-star game both years. She was team Most Valuable Player in 1989.
As a senior captain and MVP she led the Hounds to a 37-14 mark with a conference-leading .526 with an incredible 80 hits in 51 games and 30 RBI. She was named the Northeast-10 Conference Player-of-the-Year, first-team all conference for the fourth time, first-team all-New England and played in the New England all-star game. She made just seven errors in 242 chances as one of the premier defensive players in the region.
She also was also named second-team GTE-CoSIDA academic all-America and won the prestigious Desautels Award as the premier senior female student athletes at the College.
She is one of a rare group of players in N.C.A.A. Division II history with 200 hits (209) and 100 walks (103). She also stole 41 bases in her last 45 attempts.
After graduation she was a member of the Women's Major Modified National Softball team based in Lawrence, MA that won three national championships between 1990-96. She was also a member of a women's fast-pitch all-star team selected to play exhibition games against the touring U.S. Olympic team in 1996.
In 1998 she was presented a Governor's teacher Recognition Award as Teacher-of-the-Year while at Navesink Elementary School in Middletown, New Jersey.