The Maryland wrestling team welcomed fans and supporters to the Maryland Golf Course for this past weekend's event
Former Nebraska All-American Todd Beckerman is in his eighth season on the Maryland Terrapin staff. A native of Crofton, Md., Beckerman was added to the staff in September of 2005.
Under Beckerman's tutelage, the Terps have achieved a high level of success. As a team, the Terps have won four ACC championships in the last eight years, including back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Individually, Maryland has had 16 different conference champions under Beckerman's watchful eye, including six ACC champions who directly trained with the two-time All-American: three-time ACC champion Steven Bell (2008-10, 133 pounds), two-time champions Jon Kohler (2008 and 2011, 141 pounds) and Alex Krom (2009-10, 141 pounds), Brendan Byrne (125 pounds, 2009) and Andrew Schlaffer (2006, 149 pounds).
Beckerman has coached several wrestlers to conference accolades and national honors. In Beckerman's eight seasons, six wrestlers have earned All-America honors, including Josh Asper, Steven Bell and Hudson Taylor who have won the title at least twice. In addition, Beckerman tutored Bell en route to a sixth-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships and an eighth-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
Since the 2006 season, the Terps have also had 20 wrestlers named to the All-ACC team. Beckerman also helped Asper (2011) and Taylor (2010) win ACC Wrestler of the Year honors.
Beckerman's influence on the Terrapin wrestling program extends beyond the mat. Serving as one of the driving forces behind the Terps' social media efforts, Beckerman and Maryland won "The Gold Standard" award, which is given to the program that most effectively built their brand utilizing technology throughout the year, at the inaugural National Wrestling Coaches Association Best of Brand Awards in 2012.
In addition, prior to the 2011-12 season, Beckerman was selected to participate in the annual National Wrestling Coaches Association Leadership Academy. The academy was established to help coaches strengthen their CEO skills in an effort to protect their programs, and to promote best practices for improving retention and graduation rates.
Prior to arriving at Maryland, Beckerman spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy. In 2004, the team posted its best dual record since 1993 and had a school-record eight wrestlers post 25-win seasons.
A four-year letterwinner and two-time All-America at Nebraska, Beckerman came to Navy from Lincoln, Neb., where he spent the 2002-03 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Huskers. Beckerman primarily coached the lower weight classes and helped coordinate and assist in the Husker recruiting efforts.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Beckerman worked during the 2001-02 season as an administrative assistant in the Penn State wrestling office, where he worked one-on-one with student-athletes and played a large role in directing summer camps. Beckerman also implemented the Todd Beckerman All-American Wrestling Camp, which was held for six-straight summers at Nebraska beginning in 1997.
At the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Championships, Beckerman wrestled to All-America status as well as Academic All-Big 12 honors in both seasons. He was the 2000-01 Nebraska Male Athlete of the Year, as well as the Husker Power Lifter of the Year. The 2000-01 team captain also competed internationally in 1999 and 2000 as a member of the Big 12 All-Star Wrestling Team.
Beckerman graduated in 2001 with a degree in human resources and family sciences. He received his master's in education from Nebraska with an emphasis in post-secondary athletics in 2007.
Beckerman and his wife, Christina, have one daughter, Grace.
E-mail coach Beckerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.