Maribeth Meyers
Maribeth Meyers
Title: Basketball
Year Inducted: 2015
Transfer/Graduation Date: N/A

Maribeth Meyers graduated from Hilltop High School in 1976, a talented, multi-sport athlete who participated in basketball and softball. She lettered in both sports, helping each team win the Metro League Championship for three consecutive years, the CIF Basketball Championship in 1975 and the CIF Softball Championship in 1976. She was named to the metro All-League Team and the All-CIF Teams in both sports. In 1976, she was selected by Prep Magazine as one of the top 100 California high school basketball players.

In 1977, Maribeth came to Southwestern College and played on the Women’s Basketball team coached by Southwestern College Hall of Fame Head Coach June Scopinich. An outstanding player, Maribeth was a starter and point guard both years and a statistical leader of the team with a 40% field goal shooting percentage; 11.8 points per game; 177 steals; and 203 assists. One of the team's co-captains, Maribeth was the MVP and was named to the Second Team All-Mission Conference her first year and First Team All-Mission Conference as a sophomore. She and the team went on to become Mission Conference Champions and participate in the California Community College Regional Basketball Tournament.

Maribeth made the San Diego State University’s Women’s Basketball Team but decided to attend and play at CSU Hayward after receiving a full scholarship. There she average a 14.9 points per game and was selected to the All-Conference Team. She played softball and helped her team win the Conference Championship and second place in the Regional Tournament. She was also selected to the All-Conference and All-Regional Teams. She graduated in 1981 with a BS Degree in Kinesiology and received her California Teaching Credential, K-12.

In 1982, Maribeth returned to San Diego. Her father dies unexpectedly and she helped her mother stabilize the family business. In 1983, she coached the Southwestern College’s Women Basketball Team while managing the business full time. After selling the jewelry store she earned her Graduate Gemologist Diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. She worked at their headquarters in Carlsbad for seven years. It was a fine fit utilizing her experiences both in education and the jewelry business. She has always been thankful to her parents who had always encouraged her to participate in athletics.

Maribeth’s best memory at Southwestern College was her first year on the basketball team. It was pre-season and the team traveled up to Fullerton Community College to participate in their basketball tournament. “Most of the players on the team were former foes from the Metro League and didn’t care for each other very much. A terrific camaraderie developed from traveling and playing together and we excelled as the season progressed. We succeeded as a team by knowing and playing to each teammate’s strengths. I so enjoyed this time in my life and directly benefitted from the lessons learned and carried forward throughout my life.”