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Bud Beardmore

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Sport(s)  Lacrosse, soccer
1964–1966  Severn School
Children  Jim Beard
1970–1971  Severna Park Club
Positions  Field lacrosse
1963–1964  University Club
Name  Bud Beardmore
1960–1962  Maryland
1967  Hobart

Bud Beardmore Former Maryland lacrosse coach Bud Beardmore dead at 76 Baltimore Sun

Education  University of Maryland, College Park

Clayton A. "Bud" Beardmore (October 26, 1939 – January 20, 2016) was an American lacrosse coach. As head coach at the University of Maryland, Beardmore led the Terrapins to two NCAA tournament championships in 1973 and 1975. He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1980.


Bud Beardmore Former Maryland lacrosse coach Bud Beardmore dead at 76 Baltimore Sun

Early life

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Beardmore was born in 1939. He attended Annapolis High School in Annapolis, Maryland, where he first played lacrosse in 1955. He then went on to preparatory school at the Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland. He was named an All-MSA player in 1958. Beardmore attended college at the University of Maryland, where he played lacrosse and received honorable mention All-America honors in 1960 and first team honors in 1961 and 1962. He set the school record for a midfielder with 108 career points from goals and assists. That mark was later broken by one of Beardmore's own players: Frank Urso. Beardmore played in the 1962 North/South Senior All-Star Game. In that game, he helped the South to a 14–4 win with a four-goal effort.

Beardmore continued playing lacrosse after college with the University Club in 1963 and 1964. He served as its co-captain and in 1963 led it to the National Club Championship. He then played for the Severna Park Club in 1970 and 1971. In 1964, Beardmore became the lacrosse coach at the Severn School, where he served for two seasons and amassed a 19–3 record. In 1965, he led the school to its first MSA championship since 1929.

Early positions

In 1967, Beardmore joined the collegiate coaching ranks at Hobart College. He led the Statesmen to a 9–5 record and a share of the Laurie Cox Division Championship. The following season, he took over as head coach at the University of Virginia. That season, he guided the Cavaliers to a 7–6 record, but the following year, in 1969, the team improved to 7–3 and captured the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship.


In 1970, Beardmore returned to his alma mater, where he remained for 11 years and amassed a 107–31 record. During his tenure, Maryland won seven outright ACC championships and shared another. Beardmore led Maryland to the 1973 and 1975 NCAA tournament championships. Maryland finished as runners-up four times after losing in the tournament finals in 1971, 1974, 1976, and 1979. In 1973, he was awarded the F. Morris Touchstone Award as the Division I Coach of the Year.

In 1974, Sports Illustrated wrote about Beardmore, "his last two teams have truly carried his stamp. They have been fastbreaking, aggressive and deep with midfielders who can run opponents into the ground and score like attackmen." That year, Beardmore also served as the Maryland men's soccer head coach and amassed a 5–3–5 record.

In 1975, Maryland played only six NCAA games, the minimum required to be eligible for the NCAA tournament, with the rest of their games against non-association teams "for the good of the game" in Beardmore's words. The Terrapins lost two of their six NCAA games (against Virginia and Navy), did not secure the ACC championship, which went instead to Virginia, and almost failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Nevertheless, Maryland advanced through the tournament and to the championship game, where they defeated Navy, 20–13.

After the 1980 season, Beardmore resigned his post at Maryland in order to enter private business. Defensive assistant coach Dino Mattessich was promoted to head coach as Beardmore's replacement.

Professional teams

In 1974, in the midst of his tenure at the University of Maryland, Beardmore was hired as the head coach of the Maryland Arrows of the National Lacrosse League. Before the season started, however, the franchise elevated him to the position of general manager.

Beardmore coached the Washington Wave of the short-lived Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League in 1987. He led the team to 2–4 regular season record, but advanced to the championship game in the playoffs, where they were defeated, 11–10, by the Baltimore Thunder.

Later life

Around 1988, Beardmore became the athletic director at Anne Arundel Community College. In 1992, he was the Anne Arundel men's lacrosse co-head coach alongside fellow Maryland alumnus and former quarterback Alan Pastrana.

Beardmore was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1980 and the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.

His son, Jim Beardmore, was also a lacrosse coach and player. He attended Maryland where he played as a goalie under head coach Dick Edell.

Buddy had resided in Severna Park, Maryland with his wife Phyllis, living near his daughter Susie and her five children, his son Stevie and his two daughters. He died on January 20, 2016, from the effects of Parkinson's disease.


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