Lisa Beckett of the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges is the 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Distinguished Service Award recipient.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who has promoted collegiate athletics, and the concept of the student-athlete as a coach, administrator or long- term member of the conference, and/or otherwise been involved with servicing college athletics on campus. The award may be given to nominees who have retired or resigned from athletics administration, and who have rendered such noteworthy service to entitle them to this honor.
Beckett joined Pomona College in 1987 as Assistant Professor of Physical Education, head coach of women's tennis, and assistant coach of women's volleyball. While at the helm of women's tennis (1987-1998), Beckett's teams won seven SCIAC Championships and seven NCAA Championships (one team, two singles and four doubles) and made 11 NCAA appearances. In 1992, Beckett's team earned the triple crown of tennis when they won the NCAA team championship, singles championship and doubles championship, the first ever for Division III. In 2002, the entire 1992 squad, Beckett, and assistant coach Curt Tong, were inducted into the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Hall of Fame.
Beckett stepped down from coaching in 1998 but remained with the College in the capacity of teaching and Physical Education Department administration.
As a Professor of Physical Education, Beckett taught a variety of sport and fitness activities. Beckett's fitness classes, while designed to improve fitness knowledge and performance levels, also included lessons in nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, and stress management. Beckett's sport classes were designed to help the students develop a love for the sport activity, and a solid foundation of skills, which could then be built upon throughout a lifetime.
In her 31 years at Pomona, in addition to teaching and coaching, Beckett served as Coordinator of Physical Education, Coordinator of Faculty/Staff Fitness and Wellness, Interim Department Chair/Director of Athletics, Associate Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator, Coordinator of Compliance, Title IX Planning Committee Chair, and Interim Title IX Coordinator for the Dean of Students Office. Over a 16-year span, Beckett also brought nearly a thousand junior high girls to campus to participate in sport clinics and celebrate National Girls and Women in Sport Day.
In the spring of 2017, Beckett was awarded a three-year appointment to the Exercise is Medicine® campus advisory group. Exercise is Medicine® is a special initiative, coordinated by the American College of Sports Medicine. The Exercise is Medicine® on Campus is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community.
Beckett has served in multiple different capacities inside the conference. She was a member of the SCIAC Compliance/Rules Education Committee, a member of the SCIAC Awards and Banquet Committee, a member of the SCIAC Athletic Administrators, Chair for the SCIAC Senior Woman Administrators, and served as SCIAC Athletic Director Liaison to Volleyball for 25 years. She was also Chair of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Award Program and Committee for 18 years, as well as a member for the ITA Ranking Committee, Regional Awards Program Committee and NCAA West Region Advisory Committee.
Beckett earned a B.A. degree in Physical Education at Sonoma State University and an M.S. degree in Physical Education at Washington State University. Beckett played four years of tennis and volleyball, three years of softball, and a year of track at Sonoma State University. She was a tennis and volleyball team captain and was named the Sonoma State University Athlete of the Year in 1979.
Beckett's coaching background includes three years as assistant tennis coach at Washington State University, and three years at Sonoma State (two years as the head coach of tennis, and two years as an assistant volleyball coach). Beckett has also served as an instructor/coach for the University of San Diego Junior Tennis Program and field supervisor for the grassroots San Francisco Chapter of the National Junior Tennis League. She holds Fitness Training Certification from the Cooper Institute and a professional teaching certificate from the U.S. Professional Tennis Association.