NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In just her second year at the helm, Belmont women's basketball alumna Becky LeGate led her Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) team to its first-ever TSSAA Class AA championship over the weekend.
CPA (36-3), which was unseeded in the tournament, rallied from a first half double digit deficit to topple No. 3 Obion County (35-3), 61-52, at MTSU's Murphy Center in Murfreesboro last Saturday.
"Winning the State Championship is a testament to the amazing girls and staff that I am fortunate to work with at CPA. It makes me nostalgic and thankful for my time at Belmont because it helped develop critical characteristics that are beneficial to leading my team today," said LeGate. "While I was at Belmont, I learned the importance working together as a team to accomplish a common goal, while putting aside your own personal agenda. I also learned the importance of work ethic, perseverance and playing and living with integrity and humility."
Before taking over the reins at CPA, LeGate spent 15 years at Davidson Academy where she led her recorded over 300 wins and earned a trip to the DII-A state final four in 2009.
The former Becky Gibbs was a standout player at Greenbrier High. The 6-foot forward led the Bobcats to the AA state tournament in 1986, where it fell in a close semifinal matchup with top ranked South Greene on the same MTSU floor. Playing for her father Weldon (Jake) Gibbs, Greenbrier reached the semifinals before losing a close game against No. 1 ranked South Greene and finishing with a record of 30-6.
LeGate played at Belmont under legendary coach Tony Cross from 1986 to 1990. During her time with the program, the Bruins went 96-29, logging four Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference (TCAC) Tournament appearances.
"While at Belmont, God put amazing people around me to help mold and shape me in the ways I needed. Three of the most important mentors that he brought into my life during that time were Coach Tony Cross, Betty Wiseman, and Coach Rick Byrd," LeGate continued. "In addition to these three people, God placed around me amazing teammates that today are still my best friends today, as well as allowing me the opportunity to meet my husband, (former Belmont men's basketball player) Kevin LeGate. I am so grateful for the role that Belmont has played in my life as well as the life of my family."