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    April 17, 2013

    By Bill Ford

    CARBONDALE, Ill.— Southern Illinois women’s basketball head coach Cindy Stein has announced the hiring of former SIU coach Julie Beck as the team’s director of basketball operations.

    Beck was previously part of the SIU women’s basketball staff for 19 years, including some of the best seasons in program history. She served 17 years as an assistant under Hall of Fame coach Cindy Scott from 1981 to 1998 before serving as the Salukis’ head coach from 1998 to 2000.

    In her new capacity, Beck’s responsibilities will include making travel arrangements, organizing practice times, serving as a liaison with academics and marketing and assisting in alumni and community service events.

    “Julie Beck brings so much to the program. She is an outstanding part of the Carbondale community and has been an integral part of the past success of Saluki women’s basketball from every angle you can imagine,” Stein said. “I couldn’t ask for a better person to fill this position. She brings energy, passion for people and a desire to be successful in getting the program to the top of the Valley. Even more than all of that, she is probably one of the finest human beings that I know.”

    Saluki women’s basketball had a 333-186 overall record during its 19 years with Beck on the staff. SIU made four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a Sweet 16 run in 1987, won three conference titles and posted seven 20-win seasons during Beck’s tenure as a Saluki assistant. Southern also won an MVC-record 39 consecutive conference games between the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons. After her coaching career, Beck spent 10 years working in marketing and group sales for Saluki Athletics.

    “Saluki Basketball was my life for over 20 years and we had great success during that time. I know we can win here and I’m honored to be a part of Saluki basketball once again,” Beck said. “I have known Cindy Stein for over 25 years as a recruit, player and coaching colleague. Taking this job feels like the right fit at the right time with the right coach. It is my intention with my Saluki background to make her transition to SIU and the community as smooth as possible.”



    Before coming to Carbondale, Beck got her coaching start as an assistant at the University of Missouri during the 1979-80 season after ending her playing career with the Tigers. As a player, she was a three-year letterwinner from 1975-79. During that time, Tiger squads compiled a 73-27 record, including a 26-win season and Big Eight Tournament championship her senior year. Beck earned her bachelor’s degree from Mizzou in 1978.