March 6, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In honor of our 30th anniversary of playing fastpitch softball at Florida State, we will be showcasing numerous players this season from throughout Seminole history who have helped set the foundation for what the program is today.
Today’s selection is Joy Becker. Senior outfielder Kelly Hensley was able to talk to the former Seminole and current Athletic Director at Godby High School in Tallahassee about her time at Florida State.
What is your greatest memory at FSU?
Probably the friendships that I made at FSU. We are still in touch today and see each other often. I had so much fun in those few short years, but made good grades, too!
What are you most thankful for while at FSU?
I am so thankful that I made the decision to come to FSU. The things I learned from all the experiences I had – the extra-curricular as well as the educational experiences – have helped me enjoy a very successful career in teaching and in athletics. I was fortunate to have a few professors who took me under their wings and we are still close today. Also, the “boy” I was dating while going to FSU has been my husband for 37 years!
What was your degree in?
What are you doing now?
I am the Athletic Director at Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida.
What advice would you give a future `Nole?
Cherish these four years and make the most of them. You will never get them back. I would also suggest doing some type of study-abroad program. You may never get the chance again.
What is one word to describe wearing the Garnet and Gold?
What advice would you give yourself now if you were in my shoes (as a current `Nole)?
Work harder than they expect you to if you want to be the best. Also, be the best teammate you can be. When you help other players, you are leading your team in ways that coaches can’t. That is what your teammates will remember about you.
How has being an FSU softball player helped you in today’s world?
I have never balked at obstacles. Life has a lot of seventh innings, when “there are two outs and you are up to bat” situations. By playing a sport you find ways to win, and learning to outsmart opponents has always worked for me.
When the war chant is played, what goes through your mind?
I still tingle!
Continue to check back to Seminoles.com throughout the season as we continue with the Throwback Thursday series.