Years at Loras: 1975-79
Sport: Tennis, Volleyball
- Patrice Beck, now Patrice Duffy, a 1979 graduate, was at the forefront when women's sports came to Loras, and a hardy pioneer in tennis and volleyball. The former member of Dubuque Senior softball and volleyball state champion teams, co-captained the Duhawks first four volleyball teams -- and those years are among the greatest in Loras history. In Beck's four seasons, the Duhawks were 107-22, won three state championships and three times advanced to the multi-state regionals. And after the first year as a varsity sport, Loras' schedule included all the top teams in Iowa. The 31-3 record in 1977 is still the sport's all-time percentage best season.
- A devastating spiker and smooth all-around player, Beck was also known as a powerful server, often running off a series of points. Few records survive from the infancy of Loras women's volleyball, but Beck's name surely was atop kills, assists, digs, blocks and serving aces in those four seasons. By the time Beck graduated, the campus Lorian said she and her teammates had made volleyball ``a way of life'' and a ``great source of pride'' on campus.
- In 1976 when Beck was a freshman, Loras had no women's tennis team. No problem. She joined the men's team and, was a regular for three years, becoming the first woman to win three letters in a predominantly men's sport. Again a pioneer. She didn't limit herself to varsity sports. Beck was on some of the top intramural women's basketball squads.
- An elementary education and physical education major, Beck has kept her heart and hands close to her favorite sports - she is a tennis teaching pro and coached youth volleyball for 12 years at St. Mary's grade school in Elgin, Ill. In addition she is an active member of the United States Tennis Association, a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and donate quilts to local charities. She resides in Bartlett, Ill., with her husband, John, and five children - Becky, Katy, Dolly, Dan and Nick.