Beaney Among Elite

October 18, 2007

Middlebury College men's hockey and golf coach Bill Beaney has been listed among the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators by the Institute for International Sport. Other notables joining the school's 21-year veteran on the list were UCLA legend John Wooden, Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt.

When Institute for International Sport Executive Director, Dan Doyle, administered a series of "coach and athlete" surveys for his forthcoming book, The Encyclopedia of Sport Parenting, a common theme among both present and former surveyed athletes emerged. Many pointed to the profound impact of the sports experience in shaping their views and practices regarding teamwork, self discipline, fair play, diversity- and a term Doyle employs throughout the book - competitive self restraint. Many also pointed to former coaches and athletic administrators as key mentors in their lives.

"In America and in many other countries, we honor elite athletes, winning coaches, wealthy team owners and media moguls. We praise sports educators yet we really do not honor them in a manner befitting their admirable impact on society," said Doyle. "This project is aimed at honoring individuals and organizations who have creatively and effectively used sport in the very best way - as a means to educate and shape positive values," he concluded.

The following is an excerpt from the release regarding Beaney:

Bill Beaney, a former college hockey player for the University of New Hampshire, has been a teacher and coach at the high school, prep school and college level. He is the head coach of the Middlebury College men's hockey, men's golf, and women's golf teams. Recognizing the power of sport as a communicator, he uses the hockey rink and the golf course as his classrooms, teaching student-athletes problem solving, decision making, and teamwork skills.

In hockey, he has led Middlebury to an NCAA record five consecutive National Championships (1995-99) as well as three straight crowns from 2004-06. His 2006-07 men's golf team made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the women's golf team earned eighth place in its first NCAA tournament appearance. Beaney, not fazed by many awards and acclaims, says his success has been measured by "the quality of the young men and women I have coached and their contributions to society."

For more information, see: The Institute's website, www.internationalsport.com