United States Sports Academy alumnus Kelly Beck has joined Pacific University as assistant coach for men’s and women’s track and field and cross country.
Beck most recently served as track and field head coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS). The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags (men) and Athenas (women) are the joint intercollegiate sports programs of Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Scripps College, all located in Claremont, Calif. Pacific University is located in Forest Grove, Ore., and is home to the Boxers.
Beck gave more than 25 years of service to CMS men’s and women’s track and field and cross country, serving as assistant coach and head coach. Additionally, he served as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) West Region women’s cross country representative, the NCAA Division III track and field historian, and on the Division III Hall of Fame committee.
“We are excited to have Kelly on board,” said Matt Lydum, Pacific track and field head coach. “He brings to us a ton of experience at this level. He is a detail person that will be able to coach, recruit, and handle a lot of our administrative duties.”
Beck, who was sports information director at CMS for 18 years, will also serve in Pacific’s sports information office and at events as the lead statistician.
Beck graduated from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He earned his Master of Sports Science in sport management degree from the United States Sports Academy in 1992. At CMS, he was a four-year member of the cross country and track and field programs.
“After I got my undergraduate degree, I decided I wanted to go into coaching and I knew that the master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy would enable me to do this,” Beck said.
“Since I was already working, the Academy was very accommodating to my schedule. Also, I did my Academy mentorship with the sports information director at CMS, which led to my working there for more than 25 years.
“I enjoyed the professors I had at the Academy and I have recommended the Academy to staff at CMS; I even provided a mentorship to our swimming coach who attended the Academy.
“My Academy courses were very useful in preparing me for coaching and I still have some of my Academy text books in my office today.
“My Academy degree has been very beneficial to my career in coaching,” Beck said.
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.