MISHAWAKA, Ind. – A former Lady Wildkat is now on the bench at Bethel College. Rebekah (Basinger) Grudda, a 2007 Kokomo High School graduate, was recently named an assistant coach for the Lady Pilots. The former Bethel All-American joins the staff of first year head coach Eric Gingerich and will work alongside the other assistants Kat Gingerich and Ryan Ehm.
Grudda played in 70 games as a Lady Wildkat over her three years at Kokomo. During her career, she helped the Lady Kats to a 56-18 overall record with two sectional and two regional titles playing for three head coaches: Chris Huppenthal (2004-2005), Charlie Hall (2005-2006) and Jason Snyder (2006-2007).
“We are very excited to see Rebekah and this opportunity for her,” said Snyder, now the KHS athletic director. “She was a great player here at Kokomo and was always interested in the breakdown of games. She often traveled with the coaches and helped scout. This is going to be a natural move for her and she will be helpful with any program she is with.”
After Kokomo, she was a standout for the Lady Pilots from 2008 to 2011 and a member of two NAIA National Tournament teams (Elite Eight in 2008 and Sweet Sixteen in 2009), a pair of NCCAA national championships (2010 and 2011), back-to-back MCC regular season championships (2008 and 2009) and the program’s first MCC Tournament championship (2008). During that time, the Lady Pilots tallied up an impressive 98-39 record, including the team’s first 30-plus win season by going 31-4 in 2008.
“Her experience at Bethel was outstanding as a player,” said Snyder. “I know she gathered a lot of knowledge there. She will be able to pass on that knowledge and what she garnered from Coach Hall to the players at Bethel.”
During her time donning the No. 22 jersey, Grudda poured in 1,366 career points, which places her 10th on the all-time scoring list in Lady Pilot history. She also is a member of the 500 career rebound club. Her 591 rebounds are 11th on the all-time list. In addition, upon graduation, Grudda finished eighth in program history for made three-point field goals in a career (163).
For her efforts, Grudda collected a handful of individual accolades, including being named the Most Valuable Player after the 2011 NCCAA National Tournament, receiving NCCAA All-American honors in 2010 and landing all-conference recognition twice.
Grudda and the Lady Pilots kick off the 2016-2017 season on Oct. 26 at Holy Cross College. BC holds a 5-1 all-time series record over the Saints, including a 69-63 win over HCC last season. The season opener will tip off at 5:30 p.m.
Courtesy of Bethel College and Sports Journal staff