Beaney To Enter Lake Placid Hall Of Fame
October 2, 2007
Middlebury men's hockey coach Bill Beaney, actor and writer John (Jack) Kendrick, and artist Helyn (Rusty) Hovey McKenna have been voted this year's class into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame. The 24th annual induction dinner and ceremony will be held Saturday, October 13, at the Comfort Inn Banquet Room in Lake Placid.
Since its establishment by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) in 1983, the Lake Placid Hall of Fame has inducted 109 individuals as well as the members of the 1948 U.S. Olympic Four-Man Bobsled Team and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.
Permanent plaques commemorating each member are on display in the Olympic Center's Hall of Fame Room. The nine-member volunteer selection committee makes selections to the Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame dinner are on sale at the Olympic Center Box Office (518) 523-3330. Tickets for the full course meal are $25 per person. A cash bar will be available at 6 p.m. with the dinner and induction ceremony following at 7 p.m.
A native of Lake Placid and graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Bill has spent most of his life playing and coaching hockey. He started his teaching and coaching career at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, Vt. and moved after three years to the collegiate level, coaching at New England College. He then returned to his alma mater for two years as an assistant to legendary hockey coach Charlie Holt.
In 1986, Bill took the head coaching position for the Middlebury College men's hockey team in Middlebury, Vt., and for the past 13 years has also been the head coach of the Panther golf teams.
Bill's hockey teams have captured eight NCAA Division III National Championships, including an NCAA record five in a row from 1995-99. The Panthers also won three in a row from 2004-06. The team has appeared in 13 straight NCAA Tournaments, while winning seven of eight NESCAC Championships. His 1996 National Championship squad set school records for most wins in a season (26), highest winning percentage (.929), and longest unbeaten streak (29 games). He has also led the team to six ECAC Tournament appearances, with a championship in the '90-'91 season.
Bill was selected as the New England Coach of the year in '89, '91, '95 and '06. He also earned the Edward Jeremiah Award as the National Coach of the Year in '90, '95, '04 and '06. In '98-'99 he was named the USOC National Hockey Coach of the Year.
Bill is also heavily involved with USA Hockey. He served as the head coach of the U.S. Women's Junior National team (1996 and 1997) and coached the USA Hockey's Junior Olympic team (1985-97), while serving as an assistant coach for the 1994 U.S. Junior National team. In the summer of 1993, Bill was head coach of the gold medal East Team at the Olympic Festival in San Antonio, Texas. He was a member of the NCAA Hockey selection committee for six years.
The Middlebury golf teams have won several NESCAC titles and been selected for the NCAA Tournament. The men's team won the NESCAC title in 1999, 2002 and 2007, and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The women's team won the 2006 District title, and in 2007 made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament, finishing eighth.
Bill and his wife Judy live in Cornwall and have two grown children.