TAYLORSVILLE — The long and highly decorated career of Betsy Specketer, the women’s basketball coach at Salt Lake Community College, has come to an end.
Specketer announced her retirement Monday, bringing an end to her 25-year stint at SLCC, nearly all of which was spent as head coach of the Bruins.
“I've actually been thinking about it for a little while now," Specketer said in a press release. "It's definitely not something that was decided in haste. My experience at SLCC has been nothing but positive, but there comes a time when maybe you'd like to do some different things.”
In her tenure as head coach, 23 years in total, Specketer had eighteen 20-win seasons. Included in that was her final campaign with the Bruins, which saw the team finish 25-6 and secure its sixth consecutive berth in the NJCAA National Tournament.
All told, Specketer coached 18 NJCAA All-Americans, nine Region 18 MVPs and was named the Region 18 Coach-of-the-Year 10 times during her career.
Under her direction the Bruins won 10 Scenic West regular-season titles and five Region 18 tournament titles. SLCC also appeared in 15 Region 18 championship games with Specketer at the helm and advanced as far as the NJCAA Final Four once, in 2017.
“I'm sorry to lose Coach Specketer but am happy for her personally as she moves on to her next chapter," SLCC president Dr. Deneece Huftalin said in the release. "Coach Specketer has been an unbelievable leader, not just at SLCC but throughout the region and nation. She has a gift as a coach to bring out the best in her players and motivate them to play hard but more importantly to lead and act with integrity. I love watching her passion on the court; she will be missed!"
A transplant to Utah, Specketer was a native of Havana, Illinois, and played college basketball and softball at Illinois State University, where she earned a master's degree in Sports Administration.
Specketer started her career at Salt Lake Community College in 1994-95, as an assistant on the staff former Bruins coach Monica Sherratt.
Ultimately, after taking control of the team in 1996-97, Specketer compiled a 545-196 record.
“My time at Salt Lake Community College has been nothing but positive and I've loved every minute," she said. "Thank you to all the many people who made my stay so enjoyable and successful. Thank you to the SLCC administration for your unwavering support and leadership. To my Bruin colleagues, we've shared so much more than just a hallway of offices; you are so loved and I will cherish our friendships forever.”