Becky Oakes grew an appreciation for sports growing up in Rolla, Missouri playing softball in elementary school. In High School, organized sports were not an option for girls. However, Oakes continued to participate in intramurals and community sports as well as music and Student Government. Oakes' love for athletics led her to earn her Bachelor's Degree at Southwest Missouri State University in Physical Education. Oakes continued to participate in sports as a coach for Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field and later accepting the role of Athletic Director at Waynesville High School. In 1992, Oakes made history becoming the first female Executive Director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association, serving as only one of two female Directors nationwide.