Friends of Basketball
Year Inducted: 2021
Category: Friends of Basketball
Schools / Organizations: Alton Schools
(Bethalto) Civic Memorial High School
Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
Biography: Debra Pitts worked for the Alton School District thirty-one years and then eight-years as the principal of Civic Memorial H.S. in Bethalto. During her time at Alton and Civic Memorial she regularly attended games and was a champion of their athletic teams and student athletes. Once she retired Ms. Pitts became directly involved with the SIUE program. She is a season ticket holder and serves on the university’s Red and Black Gala Committee, which raises funds for Cougar Athletics. Her motto today is: “Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar”.