Legendary local high school coach battling cancer

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Hall of Fame volleyball and basketball coach Becky Dickinson could talk for hours and hours about, “her girls” and their many accomplishments on and off the court.

“When I was working with them I truly, truly loved every second of that, I never felt like I went to work every day!”

Becky coached two sports for many years at McGill-Toolen Catholic High, her teams won numerous state championships and she is regarded as a pioneer for girls sports.

Dickinson says, “When I was coming into the program men didn’t want women coaches, how I felt about that was, they didn’t deserve for me to put coach before my name, so the girls call me, Ms. D. and everybody calls me Ms. D, that’s why they do it.”

Coach Dickinson’s legacy is more than wins and titles, it was life lessons she taught that makes her special. Nikki White Tucker, a former player, says, “The people she who she coached, I mean she’s everything, she’s the foundation of what we are!”

Carla Berry, McGill-Toolen basketball coach, “I was one of the blessed ones, I played for her, starting in 1984 won a state championship, I was around the volleyball team, teammate Nila Shepard and Monique, they won 4 state volleyball championships while I was here, so I was blessed to see greatness up close, I take a lot of those things I saw when I played here and I take a lot of that and implement it in our program.” 

“Becky’s girls” are looking for a late-game rally, their beloved coach is currently battling Pancreatic cancer and the team is reunited in a big way to help her get through it.

Dickinson says, “First of all, I don’t feel like I’m alone, It makes me so happy these girls are stepping up when I really need them to.”

 We all feel deep in heart and faith, if anyone can beat it, a woman like her could,” says Tucker.

Ann Schilling knows what her former coach is going through. News 5featured the legendary Bayside Academy coach last year and her current fight against breast cancer. Ann didn’t let the fight stop her from winning another state championship.

Ann Schilling, a former player, “It’s one of those things where I’m relying a lot, and she is too, on faith. I am thankful for this institution here, that I went to a catholic school, it’s just all those things have been so important in my life, yes we are definitely helping each other!’

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with medical expenses. Former players from all over the country are participating and praying for someone who touched their lives and prepared them for life after high school.

McGill-Toolen girls basketball coach, Kate Wood, “She’s the one that started this, and obviously really in the state of Alabama, not just McGill-Toolen, I think there are so many women impacted in what she did!”

Dickinson, “When it’s time for me to go, when he’s through with his plan, he’s going to take me, until then I am not giving up, I think the doctors are kind of giving up on me, I don’t feel like I need to be given up on, because when I through, God’s going to take me home”

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