Beattie named to Tap-off Club H.O.F.

Former Gaelette assistant basketball coach Celeste Beattie was inducted into the New Haven Tap-off Club Hall of Fame on Nov. 12, at Amarante’s Sea Cliff in New Haven.

A large Shelton contingent was there to honor one of its own.

A 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Valley Women Award, Beattie’s Hall of Fame induction recognized a lifetime of achievement in Connecticut women’s athletics.

In 1992, she was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2011 she was named to the Northeast Basketball Hall of Fame.

A lifelong advocate for girls sports in Shelton, Beattie received the Co-Founder’s Award in 2012 at the Gaelettes’ 50th anniversary celebration.

She was assistant basketball coach of the Shelton High School girls basketball team from 1962 to 1979, as well as a nationally-rated basketball official and certified athletic trainer. Beattie taught biology and physical education at Shelton High for 36 years before her retirement. She lives in Shelton, where she also grew up and attended school.