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Clayton Beardmore

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1980


University of Maryland

Clayton "Buddy" Beardmore started his lacrosse career in 1955 at Annapolis High School. He then attended Severn School, where in 1958 he was named All-MSA. At the University of Maryland, Bud was twice honored as a first team All-American, in 1961 and 1962, and was honorable mention in 1960, while becaming the highest scoring midfielder in school history. Beardmore totaled 108 points in goals and assists, a record which was later broken by Frank Urso. 

Beardmore won three coveted trophies in his college career, including Navy's Seals Award given to the most outstanding opponent. The other two were the University of Maryland's William P. Cole Award and the Edwin Powell Award. Bud was selected to play in the North/South game in 1962, and was further honored by being named to Maryland's All-Time Lacrosse team. After college, he played four years of club lacrosse with the University Club, where he was co-captain in 1963 and led his team to the National Club Championship; and with the Severna Park Club in 1970 and'71. 

In his first coaching assignment, Bud produced a 19-3 record in '64 and '65 at Severn School which was capped by the winning of the MSA title in 1965 - Severn's first lacrosse championship since 1929. The collegiate coaching ranks beckoned in 1966. As head coach of Hobart College in 1967, he fashioned a 9-5 season and tied for the Laurie Cox Division Championship. After moving to the University of Virginia in 1968, his Cavaliers won the ACC title in 1969 with a 7-3 record. 

Bud returned to his alma mater gained in 1970, and in 1972 the Terps won the first of seven ACC championships under his guidance. The record books at Maryland show that Beardmore compiled a 107-31 record in his 11 seasons as head coach. His Terps were selected for postseason NCAA competition in nine of the ten years in which it was held. Twice Maryland was NCAA champion and four times runner-up. Other highlights of his career included the Morris Touchstone Trophy as Division I Coach of the Year in 1973; twice being selected to coach the North-South game, in 1969 and '70; and being appointed as head coach of the USA Squad which won the World Cup in the Four-Nation International Competition held in Australia in 1974. 

Beardmore served as an executive board member of the USILA and as treasurer of the USLCA, for three and seven years, respectively, and published lacrosse articles nationally. Buddy Beardmore passed away in January, 2016.