COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former Maryland men’s lacrosse player and coach, Clayton A. “Bud” Beardmore (1940-2016), passed away Wednesday at the age of 76 due to complications related to Parkinson’s. He coached Maryland to a pair of NCAA lacrosse championships in 1973 and 1975.
“Coach Beardmore transformed Maryland into one of the signature programs of college lacrosse, developing a culture of excellence that brought honor and prestige to our University,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Coach Beardmore and his family have been entrenched in our community, enriching the lives of student-athletes both past and present. We express our sincerest condolences to his wife, Phyllis, and his family and friends.”
Inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1980, Beardmore amassed a 90-26 record and won eight Atlantic Coast Conference championships at Maryland over the course of 11 seasons as head coach. During a remarkable span from 1971-1979, the Terps appeared in nine consecutive NCAA Final Fours. Additionally, the Terps amassed 76 all-america honors in Beardmore’s 11 years at the helm.
“Coach Beardmore was a legend in the game of lacrosse and will go down as one of the all-time greatest coaches,” said current Maryland head coach John Tillman. “I have always admired the incredible impact and love that he shared with his players. My experiences with Coach Beardmore were always humbling and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn and grow from him as a coach and mentor. His love for lacrosse and the University of Maryland never wavered. Coach Beardmore will be greatly missed. He was truly ‘the best.’”
The phrase, “Be The Best,” began during Beadmore’s tenure at Maryland and remains a motto for the Maryland men’s lacrosse program to this day. The words are emblazoned throughout the Maryland locker room and on Maryland equipment as a reminder of the program’s fundamental and historic pillars.
Beardmore attended Annapolis High School in Annapolis, Md., before attending prep school at the Severn School and later playing lacrosse at the University of Maryland. A three-time all-american during his playing days as a Terp from 1960-62, he set the school record for a midfielder with 108 points – a mark that was later broken by one of his own players: four-time first team all-american Frank Urso. Beardmore also coached the Maryland men’s soccer team to a 5-3-5 record in 1974.
“Buddy implemented some of the developments from football to lacrosse – such as dividing a practice into periods and also in terms of training the players,” former Maryland goalie and assistant coach Fred Kramer told the Baltimore Sun. “Buddy emphasized the faceoff game, and Maryland was always very good at scoring directly off the faceoff. Maryland was one of the dominant programs of the 1970s, and Buddy was the reason.”
Beardmore began his collegiate coaching career at Hobart College in 1967, before leading Virginia in 1968 and 1969. His sons, Jim and Steve, both later played lacrosse for the Terps.
Mr. Beardmore is survived by his wife Phyllis; three children and two spouses, James, Steve and wife Stephanie and Susan Morris and husband James; and eight grandchildren, Clayton, Hunter, Logan, Parker, Reegan, Kori, Lucy and Liza.
A memorial service for Mr. Beardmore is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church at 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park. A reception will follow the service.
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