Willetta Spease

Inducted in 1995

  • 1965: St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, North Carolina – BA Physical Education.
  • 1971: Studied at North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina.
  • 1974: Graduate study at SUNY Cortland.
  • 1975 -1992: Served as coach and supervisor at various summer camps at University of Buffalo, Rutgers University, AUW Chrysler Training Center in Syracuse, Syracuse City Schools and Onondaga Community College. Served as Head coach of Girls Scholastic Basketball Team at the Empire State Games.
  • 1979-2000: Nottingham High School girls’ basketball coach, won 14 league titles, 10 sectional titles, 5 state titles and 4 federation titles; record, 492-40.
  • Section III All time leader in coaching victories with 492
  • 1983: Post Standard Woman of Achievement in Athletics.
  • 1988 : Received citation from Syracuse Mayor Tom Young for Tradition of Excellence in Girls Sports.
  • 1989: New York State Coach of the Year. American Legion Post 1642 Community Service Award.
  • 1990: Sports Writer for New York State Coach of the Year. Received New York State coaches Honor Award presented by Governor Coumo. New York State Coaches Association Coach of the Year.
  • 1991: Section 3 Coach of the Year Award
  • 1991: Named "Winningest Coach" in New York State by USA Today.
  • 1992: Recognized for dedication to Special Education Students in Central New York.