Bud Beardmore

Clayton Albert "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.[1]

Bud Beardmore
Biographical details
Born(1939-10-26)October 26, 1939
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedJanuary 20, 2016(2016-01-20) (aged 76)
Severna Park, Maryland, U.S.
Playing career
19631964University Club
19701971Severna Park Club
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
19641966Severn School
1987Washington Wave
19911994Anne Arundel C.C.
Head coaching record
Overall11338 (lacrosse)
535 (soccer)
Accomplishments and honors
2 NCAA Tournament Championships (1973, 1975)
1 Laurie Cox Division Championship (1967)
9 ACC Championships (1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
F. Morris Touchstone Award (1973)

Early life

Beardmore was born in 1939.[2][3] 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.[1] He set the school record for a midfielder with 108 career points from goals and assists.[1] That mark was later broken by one of Beardmore's own players: Frank Urso.[1] Beardmore played in the 1962 North/South Senior All-Star Game.[1] In that game, he helped the South to a 144 win with a four-goal effort.[4]

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.[1] In 1964, Beardmore became the lacrosse coach at the Severn School, where he served for two seasons and amassed a 193 record. In 1965, he led the school to its first MSA championship since 1929.[1]

Coaching career

Early positions

In 1967, Beardmore joined the collegiate coaching ranks at Hobart College.[5] He led the Statesmen to a 95 record and a share of the Laurie Cox Division Championship.[1] The following season, he took over as head coach at the University of Virginia.[6] That season, he guided the Cavaliers to a 76 record, but the following year, in 1969, the team improved to 73 and captured the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship.[7]


In 1970, Beardmore returned to his alma mater, where he remained for 11 years and amassed a 10731 record.[1] During his tenure, Maryland won seven outright ACC championships and shared another.[8] Beardmore led Maryland to the 1973 and 1975 NCAA tournament championships.[8] Maryland finished as runners-up four times after losing in the tournament finals in 1971, 1974, 1976, and 1979.[8] In 1973, he was awarded the F. Morris Touchstone Award as the Division I Coach of the Year.[1]

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."[9] That year, Beardmore also served as the Maryland men's soccer head coach and amassed a 535 record.[10]

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.[11] 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.[11] Nevertheless, Maryland advanced through the tournament and to the championship game, where they defeated Navy, 2013.[11]

After the 1980 season, Beardmore resigned his post at Maryland in order to enter private business.[12] Defensive assistant coach Dino Mattessich was promoted to head coach as Beardmore's replacement.[13]

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.[14] Before the season started, however, the franchise elevated him to the position of general manager.[15]

Beardmore coached the Washington Wave of the short-lived Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League in 1987. He led the team to 24 regular season record, but advanced to the championship game in the playoffs, where they were defeated, 1110, by the Baltimore Thunder.[16]

Later life

Around 1988, Beardmore became the athletic director at Anne Arundel Community College.[17] In 1992, he was the Anne Arundel men's lacrosse co-head coach alongside fellow Maryland alumnus and former quarterback Alan Pastrana.[18]

Beardmore was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1980 and the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.[1][19]

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.[20]

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.[21]


  1. Clayton A. Beardmore, National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, retrieved July 8, 2010.
  2. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/capitalgazette/obituary.aspx?n=clayton-a-beardmore&pid=177398101
  3. Hobart Hires Lacrosse Coach, The New York Times, December 17, 1966.
  4. Beardmore scores 4 Goals in 14-4 Lacrosse Victory by Southern All-Stars; COLLEGIANS ROUT NORTHERN RIVALS Beardmore Leads South to Fifth Straight Triumph Finley Paces Losers, The New York Times, June 10, 1962.
  5. Hobart Selects Beardmore, The New York Times, January 15, 1967.
  6. Campaign Ready to Open in Lacrosse, The New York Times, March 24, 1968.
  7. 2010 Virginia Men's Lacrosse Media Guide Archived May 29, 2015, at the Wayback Machine (PDF), p. 74, University of Virginia, 2010.
  8. Year-by-Year Records Archived October 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, University of Maryland, retrieved July 9, 2010.
  9. The Jays Take It Back; Johns Hopkins won't beat you at most games. But lacrosse is the one they're sure they own, and with that spirit they went out to regain supremacy, Sports Illustrated, June 10, 1974.
  10. Coaching History Archived 2011-10-27 at the Wayback Machine, University of Maryland, retrieved June 4, 2011.
  11. Topsy-turvy Title For The Terps; Despite bad starts, Maryland and Navy ended up in the NCAA finals, Sports Illustrated, June 9, 1975.
  12. "Beardmore resigns Terp job", The Baltimore Sun, May 29, 1980.
  13. Names in Sports, Wilmington Morning Star, June 27, 1980.
  14. Beardmore to coach box lacrosse team, The Baltimore Sun, February 27, 1974.
  15. Arrows elevate Beardmore, The Baltimore Sun, May 1, 1974.
  16. Wave Changes Coach, GM, The Washington Post, October 30, 1987.
  17. Springer affair another sad chapter in AACC drama, The Baltimore Sun, April 19, 1991.
  18. AACC men's lax team better than it looks Squad surprises opponents with skill and composure, The Baltimore Sun, March 5, 1992.
  19. University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, University of Maryland, retrieved July 9, 2010.
  20. Laxers look to stop undefeated Terps, The Cavalier Daily, April 5, 1985.
  21. Washington Post champion lacrosse coach at UMd, dies at 76
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