Ahart Going Into Hall of Fame.
ROSCOE--Roscoe Central School's varsity girls basketball coach Becky Ahart is going into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) will induct Becky on Sunday, March 15 at 10 a.m. with a brunch in the Heritage Hall of the Glens Falls Civic Center..
With her induction she joins her legendary husband "Coach" Fred Ahart who for 46-years has served as boys basketball coach at Roscoe and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
Last January Fred received one of the highest honors given a coach when the Roscoe Central School named it gym the "Coach" Fred Ahart Gymnasium.
Becky goes into the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2015 with Walter Bachman, Jerico HS (Section 8), Randy Begeal, Wells HS (Section 7), Dave Gaylord, Remsen HS (Section 3), Doug Loffler, Lisbon HS (Section 10), Jane Morris, Cardinal Spellman HS (CHSAA), Frank Romeo, Comsewogue HS (Section XI) Suffolk C.C., Buddy Wieklinski, Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy (Section 3) and Susan Zawacki who has been a contributor to the sport as organizer and director of summer recreation programs who also started the women's basketball program at Hamilton College."I'm greatly honored as I have had a great group of kids over the years that have been fun to work with," said Becky of her high honor.
Coach Ahart has been at the helm of girls basketball a total of 29 years including 24-years as varsity girls coach (22 at Roscoe, from 2010-2011 co-head coach Livingston Manor/Roscoe and from 2013-2014 at Downsville/Roscoe.)
The 29-year coaching career includes 5-years as head JV girls coach (3-years when Roscoe was unable to field a varsity team).
She has helped compile a varsity record of 271-209 for a winning average of .604.
Becky's coaching record includes 4 Section IX Class D titles (1990, 2000, 2002 and 2003), 5 league/division titles (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2011), 17 sectional tournaments (16 section IX, 1 section IX and participated in 9 section IX tournament championship games in 1988, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2011 and 2012.
During the 1989-90 season Roscoe completed an 18-4 record and won the section IX Class D championship. In 1999-2000 Roscoe was undefeated Western-Sullivan league champions and compiled an overall record of 21-2. They also took home the Section IX Class D championship.
With a winning record of 15-7 Roscoe was the OCIAA Division V champions in 2000-2001. In 2001-2002 they were the OCIAA Division V undefeated champions and the Class D Section IX champions. The 2002-2003 season brought home a 18-4 record and the OCIAA Division V championship and the Section IX Class D championship. In 2010-2011 the combined team of Livingston Manor/Roscoe were the OCIAA Division VI undefeated champions.
Becky's teams were 73-17 in four years from the 1999-2000 season through the 2003-2004 season winning the Western Sullivan league or OCIAA Division V title each year and played in the Section IX Class D title game all four years winning three titles.
A highlight of Coach Ahart's career was when she had the pleasure of coaching all four of her daughters and her oldest granddaughter during their careers and in many people's opinion her success in working with and identifying with high school girls is greatly due to her experience gained from raising four daughters.
Hall of Fame honors come with many contributions made to the sport of basketball and Becky Ahart has a list of outstanding contributions.
1. A long time BCANY member and supporter.
2. A member of the Section IX committee since 1996 specializing being in charge of the awards table set up at Section IX championship games and being responsible for the Class D girls entries and tournament structure.
3. She has been the head coach and organized several AAU girls basketball teams including the Caskill Mountain AAU team, the Sulivan Shooters, The Sullivan Sting, and in this role she not only worked with Roscoe players but has helped develop and has earned the respect of players from other schools in the area.
4. She has coached at numerous basketball camps including Soddy and Tom Mirabito's Golden Valley Basketball Camp with Coach Phil Gordon and at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania Basketball Camp with current South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley and Coach Lisa Boyer.
5. She also organized and operated a basketball clinic at Roscoe Central School with Coach Staley and Coach Boyer.
6. She organized and coached girls teams for many years in the Sullivan County Community College and Liberty Summer basketball leagues.
7. Her assistant coaches have gone on to coaching careers including Chris Russo, Greg Semenetz and Jackie Trotti.
8. She served many years as the Roscoe Boys Varsity and JV basketball scorekeeper.
9. Becky has planned and organized 3 on 3 basketball tournaments at Roscoe Central School.
10. She has helped organize Coaches Vs. Cancer tournaments and other fund raisers, coached modified girls teams in 2007-2008 when no other coach was available and worked with modified teams and Saturday Youth Program teams to help develop the girls basketball program at Roscoe Central School.
Becky in addition to basketball has also coached softball, soccer, cross country and cheer-leading at Roscoe Central School.
Honors and awards presented to her over the years include the 1990 Cable 6 Girls Baskerball Coach of the Year, the 2001 BCANY Secion IX Coach of the Year, the 2011 BCANY Section IX Class D girls Coach of the Year, the Western Sullivan League service award and the OCIAA Jim Ross Service Award.
An informal reception will follow Becky's induction ceremony at Dango's Irish Sports Bar, 156 Maple St. Glens Falls.
Tickets for the induction ceremony are $25 adult, $12 for ages 6-11 and no charge for ages 5 and under. Checks should be made out to BCANY and sent to Fred Ahart, Roscoe Central School, PO Box 429, Roscoe, NY 12776. Deadline for tickets is March 8.