Senior guard Raimee Beck happened to be playing a basketball game for Air Force during “100s night,” a special time for the seniors when they learn their post-graduation assignments. Falcons coach Andrea Williams wanted to do something special for Beck anyway.
After Air Force’s game against UNLV last week, Williams announced Beck’s assignment to the crowd. Beck will be an assistant coach at the prep school next year.
“At a place like this, with what they work for four years, it needs to be special,” Williams said. “It’s not a regular Senior Night we’ll have against New Mexico. It’s her selection, her service to her country, her duty, what she’s been striving for, to be an officer.”
The gesture was nice, and it is another sign the first-year coach gets what it means to be at a service academy. Williams made sure, as a civillian, that it was OK for her to present Beck with the news after the game.
“You need to respect the military side tremendously, like we do, and know it’s an honor and a privilege to present that to her,” Williams said.
The presentation also reinforced to the younger players that Williams is interested in their success off the court as well.
“It was cool,” Williams said. “It was a nice night.”