Dr. Charlotte West
July 29, 2013
By Bill Ford
CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame has announced former Southern Illinois coach and administrator Dr. Charlotte West will be a member of its 2014 class.
West will join a 2014 class that includes Lin Dunn, Michelle Edwards, Mimi Griffin, Yolanda Griffith and Jasmina Perazic during the Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony on June 14, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn.
“I have been involved with basketball since the seventh grade when I played on the junior high school team. I love the game and I have loved my experience in teaching, coaching, and officiating this wonderful sport,” West said. “It will be very meaningful to be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. It is really a bonus to be rewarded for work I loved doing.”
A pioneer in women’s athletics and Title IX, West served as a coach and administrator with Saluki Athletics for a combined 41 years. She helped transform women’s athletics at SIU from a largely club-based system to a nationally-recognized program hosting 11 varsity sports.
West coached five different sports at SIU between 1957 and 1975, including serving as the first women’s basketball coach in program history. West led Saluki women’s basketball for 15 seasons while compiling a 113-51 record and winning three state titles.
Following her coaching career, West served as the SIU women’s athletic director from 1974 to 1985 before becoming an associate athletics director when the Saluki men’s and women’s athletic departments combined prior to the 1985-86 season. She held her associate AD post for 13 more years, including serving as the acting director of athletics for 10 months during the 1987-88 season, before her retirement following the 1997-98 season.
During her 41 years in Carbondale, West represented SIU nationally in several capacities. West was the first female member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and served a term as the president of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). She also served on various committees for both the Missouri Valley Conference and the NCAA, including serving on the prestigious NCAA Council.
West was among the first group of women inducted into the SIU Hall of Fame in 1982 and she was inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2005. SIU named its new softball stadium after West in 2003 and the NCAA named a room in its new national office building in Indianapolis in West’s honor in 2012.